Our goal is to improve conservation by providing powerful new tools to monitor wildlife status, distribution, and population trends.

We provide rigorous data for impact assessments, cost-effective tools for measuring ecological changes after restoration and management actions or development projects, and statistically sound approaches for estimating population trends over time.

We look forward to hearing from you about your monitoring challenges.

Our Team:

MATTHEW MCKOWN, CEO:
received a Ph.D. in Ecology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in Biology from Colorado College. His dissertation research focused on acoustic communication behavior in Pterodroma Petrels, one of the most threatened seabird taxa, including studies of the use of acoustic recordings for monitoring rare and elusive seabird species at breeding colonies. He was raised in Mexico and the Dominican Republic and has worked in Chile, Guyana, Hong Kong and Malaysia with Environmental Resources Management, the National Audubon Society, and the Juan Fernandez Island Conservancy.

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VIRGINIA MCDERMOTT, VP:
received a MBA from Pepperdine University. She was CEO of Management Consortium, Inc. responsible for business, strategic planning and executive coaching for Fortune 500 corporations. She served as Sr. Vice President of an international pharmaceuticals firm with sales of $1B operating in 62 countries where she directed manufacturing, distribution and worldwide engineering as well as a wholly owned subsidiary. She has served on various boards in the profit and not-for-profit sectors as well as advisory boards of several universities.

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BERNIE TERSHY, Board Chair:
received his B.S. in Biology from the UC, Santa Cruz, M.S. in Marine Sciences from Moss Landing Marine Labs, and a Ph.D. in Neurobiology and Behavior from Cornell University. He is an Adjunct Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and a Research Biologist in the Institute of Marine Sciences both at the University of California Santa Cruz. He has published over 70 papers on the conservation and ecology of seabirds and island species. He co-founded Island Conservation, a science-based NGO that has protected 242 seabird colonies and 224 insular endemics from extinction and formed over 900,000ha of new marine and island protected areas in Mexico.

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DON CROLL, Chief Scientist:
received a B.S. in biology from the University of California, Davis, M.S. in Marine Sciences from Moss Landing Marine Labs, and a Ph.D. in Marine Sciences from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. He is a Professor in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. He co-founded Island Conservation, a science-based NGO with 35 employees and an annual budget of 5 million.

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JEFF SCHLUETER, Operations Manager:
Recieved a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, with a concentration in GIS, from Michigan State University. He has worked with a variety of groups throughout California and Hawaii; including the National Park Service, US Forest Service, Research Corporation of the University of Hawaii, and The Nature Conservancy. Jeff has extensive experience developing novel technologies and methods to solve resource management challenges.

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ABRAM FLEISHMAN, Senior Analyst:
received a B.A. in Marine Studies from Prescott College and was awarded a 3-year Research and Conservation Fellowship focusing on waterbirds and coastal conservation at the Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies in Bahía Kino, Mexico. He has worked at seabird colonies throughout the North Pacific.

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ALEXIS DIANA EARL, Analyst:
received a B.S. in Biomedical Materials Engineering. After studying glass ceramics for dental restoration, enzymes in soil for agriculture at Cornell’s NBTC, and targeting of cancer cells at the Mayo Clinic, she began to transition towards a career in Ecology. Via UCLA, Alexis studied the effectiveness of acoustic deterrents for human-sea lion conflict management and went on to study marmot social behavior and population dynamics in the field at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory. Most recently, before joining the CMI team, she was analyzing large acoustic datasets, searching for whale songs to determine population trends for Cornell’s BRP.

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DAVID SAVAGE, Analyst:
received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz in June 2014. Before coming to Conservation Metrics, he worked on habitat restoration projects with the UC Natural Reserves system, and spent several summers teaching boating and ecology to children at Lake Merritt in his native Oakland.

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PAIGE ROBERTS, Analyst:
received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Biology from Tufts University in May 2016. She has studied the behavior and population dynamics of multiple different species, from parrots in the Peruvian Amazon to Fender’s blue butterflies in Oregon. She has also applied her scientific data analysis skills to mapping global infectious disease and its predicting factors with Epidemico, Inc. and researchers at Tufts.

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