As Director of Conservation Data Science in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Alex leads projects that bring data science and technological approaches into conservation practice. By developing tools and analyses, and by thinking creatively about what kinds of data might be useful for conservation, these projects can collaboratively inform conservation policy and action.
Alex comes from an ecology and geography background and worked extensively in Antarctica prior to joining CCI, using remote sensing, field expeditions, and crowd-sourced data to understand the distribution of species on the front lines of climate change. Other work has involved whales and seals in the Gulf of Maine, Gulf of St. Lawrence, and the Salish Sea.
PhD in Ecology and Evolution, 2021
Stony Brook University
BA in Human Ecology, 2014
College of the Atlantic