As the Conservation Science and Policy Analyst, Meg assists with the analysis of scientific research and policy implementation to find new and creative solutions for wildlife conservation, including leading and collaborating on original research, developing new tools for conservation that use cutting-edge technologies, and imagining the next generation of policies.
Meg has a background in conservation and biology and has previously worked with Defenders on research relating to the Endangered Species Act before joining the Center for Conservation Innovation in 2017. Prior to her time with Defenders, she worked on conservation issues around the U.S. at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA, the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI, and the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species in New Orleans, LA. She holds a Master’s of Science in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Genetics with a minor in Environmental Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Before she was hired as staff, Meg served as a 2015 Summer Innovation Intern. During her internship she conducted a comparative analysis of ESA consultations on sea turtles by federal agencies. She wrote up her work as a scientific paper entitled “Same law, different results: comparative analysis of Endangered Species Act consultations by two federal agencies” , which is posted on bioRxiv and undergoing peer-review for publication in a journal.
MS in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, 2016
University of Maryland
BS in Genetics and Environmental Science, 2010
University of Wisconsin