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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
JEFF SCHLUETER, Operations Manager:
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. He has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management, with a concentration in GIS, from Michigan State University.
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.
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.
KERRY DUNLEAVY, Analyst:
received a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Systems: Evolution, Behavior, and Ecology from the University of California, San Diego in June 2011. As an undergraduate she interned at NOAA-Southwest Fisheries Science Center in the Marine Mammal Genetics Lab and the Antarctic Ecosystems Research Division. After graduating she spent 5 years researching cetacean acoustics in the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, and Alaska. She has extensive experience both collecting and analyzing acoustic data.
Nick Gondek, Analyst:
earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology/Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management from the University of Minnesota in May 2016. His Honor’s thesis explored the effects of subsampling genetic mark-recapture data for use with spatially-explicit capture recapture models in black bears. Before he joined Conservation Metrics, he worked with avian field projects in Arizona and the Hawaiian islands, studying the evolution of parental care and seed dispersal networks..
Laura Beraut, Administrative Manager:
received an MBA from the College of Notre Dame. She worked in marketing for Ziff-Davis Publishing positioning products and services to increase awareness and build brand equity. She managed public relations efforts maintaining media relations and organizing promotional events. She has held several volunteer positions supporting local public schools and served on a local non-profit board for over 8 years.
Miguel Aguirre, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar:
is currently pursuing a B.A. in Biology at Wabash College. He interned at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge and became a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar at the University of California Santa Cruz. As a Doris Duke Scholar, he gained experience collecting and analyzing field data from different ecosystems in California.