Skinwalker Ranch Researchers

 
Meet the charming crew who have been spending the most time, in recent history, on SWR.

Skinwalker Ranch Core Team

Brandon Fugal
Brandon Fugal

Brandon Fugal is the owner of Skinwalker Ranch. As the Chairman of Colliers International in Utah, Brandon is one of the most prominent businessmen and real estate developers in the Intermountain West. From an early age, he has also been fascinated with the mysteries of our universe and the question of whether or not we are alone. In 2016, Brandon purchased Skinwalker Ranch from aerospace tycoon Robert Bigelow in order to investigate and study the strange and unexplainable phenomena.

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Erik Bard
Erik Bard

As the Principal Investigator and Chief Scientist on Skinwalker Ranch, Erik Bard has not only installed a cutting-edge surveillance system that constantly monitors the entire property, but also heads all investigations. Having worked alongside Brandon on various scientific endeavors for the last decade, Bard brings a vast wealth of knowledge and his intense curiosity to the study of the strange phenomena reported on Skinwalker Ranch.

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Thomas Winterton
Thomas Winterton

Thomas Winterton is the Manager of Skinwalker Ranch, overseeing the maintenance of the property, its facilities and equipment, as well as overseeing ranching activities and assisting in investigations. A native of the Uintah Basin, Thomas is the founder and operator of multiple businesses. His unique background and experience give him an in-depth insight into the UFO phenomena at Skinwalker Ranch and the surrounding area—especially his incredible experiences that have taken place there.

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Bryant Arnold
Bryant Arnold

Commonly known by his codename “Dragon,” Bryant Arnold is the Chief Security Officer on Skinwalker Ranch. As a trusted friend and advisor to Brandon Fugal for over 25 years, Bryant is a vital part of day-to-day operations on the ranch. He prevents any and all who may unwisely attempt to trespass on the grounds and assists the investigations to ensure safety at all times. Bryant is a licensed, armed private security officer in the state of Utah, and is recognized as an expert marksman.

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Jim Morse
Jim Morse

Jim Morse is the Community Outreach Director for Skinwalker Ranch. A successful and celebrated real estate developer and entrepreneur, Jim has also dedicated more than twenty-five years to the Native American communities in the Intermountain West, creating scholarship funds for their youth and fostering programs for American Indian Services. His deep connection with the Native American community has earned him honored positions and relationships with tribal leaders.

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Kandus and Tom
Kandus and Tom

Kandus Linde is a noted and published Anthropologist who serves as one of the caretakers on Skinwalker Ranch. Along with Tom Lewis, a Technologist/Graphic Artist, they currently live in the ranch house known as Homestead One. In addition to assisting with different experiments, they are responsible for the day-to-day operations of the ranch, and also providing security.

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Kaleb Bench
Kaleb Bench

As a deputy sheriff for Duchesne County, Kaleb also serves as security for Skinwalker Ranch.

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William
William

As the ranch dog, William sees and hears it all. He knows exactly where the portals are, and can appear or disappear with mystical powers. He serves as a guard, pet, and guide to all things on Skinwalker Ranch. He's a bad-ass.

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Distinguished Contributors and Guests

Travis Taylor
Travis Taylor

Dr. Travis Taylor is an engineer and best-selling author who holds PhDs in Optical Science and Engineering, Aerospace Systems Engineering, and master’s degrees in Physics and Astronomy. For the past twenty-five years, Taylor has worked on various hi-tech programs for the Department of Defense and NASA.

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Jim Segala
Jim Segala

Dr. Jim Segala holds a PhD in Physics as well as advanced degrees in engineering and is the Chief Scientist on Skinwalker Ranch. He has over 30 years of experience designing and building complex experimental systems. For over nine years, Segala was an active researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Austin, where he performed experiments in the area of quantum entanglement, quantum optics, vacuum polarization and neurobiology, and has investigated several UFO medical injury cases.

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Larry Cesspooch
Larry Cesspooch

Larry Cesspooch is one of the Ute Indian tribe's spiritual leaders. Growing up in the Ft. Duchesne area, the cliffs around Meyers Ranch were his and his cousins' stomping grounds. One of Larry's jobs in high school in fact, was hauling hay for the original owners. The Ute people have always just accepted the mysterious circumstances that occur there and on the reservation. They believe these things are a part of the broader expanse of the universe.

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Ryan Skinner
Ryan Skinner

Ryan Skinner began his research into the phenomena at Skinwalker Ranch in 2006. Since the events chronicled in his books, he has returned numerous times each year to Utah's Uintah Basin to conduct field investigations. While there he spends his nights alone in the mysterious Utah desert, trying to find answers to whatever creatures lurk in the nearby mesas and valleys.

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