As a Senior Conservation Data Scientist in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders, Mike leads geoinformatics and data science projects to inform and improve conservation. His projects use and analyze spatial, remote sensing, and administrative data to develop tools and approaches to better conserve imperiled species.
Mike’s background is in wildlife biology. Before arriving at CCI, his research focused on how the space use and movements of black bears and mountain lions are affected by human modificaiton of landscapes. He is also a scientific SCUBA diver, and studied coral ecology in the Bahamas and Florida Keys while working on his Masters. In his free time he enjoys archery, snowboarding and disc golf.
PhD in Natural Resources & the Environment, 2016
University of Connecticut
Masters in Ecology, Evolution & Behavior, 2011
Univeristy at Buffalo
BA in Biology, 2008