Welcome to the Conservation Metrics Hall of Fame

This is a page dedicated to those who have been essential to the growth and development of CMI. Although the scientists listed here have moved on to new paths, their contributions remain a valuable part of our process.

MIGUEL AGUIRRE, Doris Duke Conservation Scholar

Completed an 8-week internship with CMI as part of the prestigious Doris Duke Conservation Scholar program. He is currently pursuing a B.A. in Biology at Wabash College. Prior to his time with CMI he interned at the Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. As a Doris Duke Scholar, he gained experience collecting and analyzing field data from different ecosystems in California.

CARTER ANDREW,  Telluride High School / Pinhead Science Foundation

Completed an 8-week internship with CMI as part of Pinhead Science Foundation’s Pinternship program. He developed software tools to extract metadata from acoustic data files, and created a custom firmware modification for Open Acoustics Devices’ audiomoths. He gained experience in manipulating, reading, and writing data in c++ as well as experience coding on silicon labs’ Gecko processors.

ALEXIS DIANA EARL
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. Before joining the CMI team, she was analyzing large acoustic datasets, searching for whale songs to determine population trends for Cornell’s BRP. As an Analyst at CMI, she helped lead our collaboration with the Underline Monitoring Project on Kauai; using acoustic monitoring to detect seabird collisions with power lines. She also helped develop several projects analyzing bat, elephant and whale acoustic data. She now works as a field biologist in Channel Islands National Park, with plans to pursue a graduate degree in biology.

Nick Gondek:

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. Nick helped advance CMI’s capabilities with bat acoustic data, workflow automation, and big-data transfer.

PAIGE ROBERTS
received dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Mathematics and Biology from Tufts University. Before coming to CMI, she 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. As a Senior Analyst, she contributed to several monitoring projects around the world including Australia, the Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand, and French Polynesia. She also developed Bayesian statistical modeling for CMI and contributed to research that led to the rediscovery of Newell’s shearwater and Hawaiian petrel on Oahu.

DAVID SAVAGE
received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2014, and worked at CMI from then until August 2017. 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.While at CMI, he was involved in the monitoring of a number of species throughout the world, including work leading to the discovery of the first occupied Band-rumped Storm-petrel burrow in the Hawaiian Islands. He also worked extensively on streamlining and improving CMI’s software, analysis techniques, and workflow. He is now a PhD student at Purdue University studying soundscape ecology.

CODY SULLIVAN

received his B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz and a M.S. in Science Journalism from Boston University. While attending U.C. Santa Cruz he worked with Matthew McKown in Professor Don Croll’s lab using remote acoustics to monitor island bird populations, before joining CMI as an analyst when the company was founded. After leaving CMI, he earned his masters degree and subsequently wrote for Business Insider and Tech Insider, Eos: Earth and Space Science News, and is currently a science writer for the U.S. Forest Service.

CHRISTOPHER TARANGO
received a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of California Santa Cruz. During his time there, he studied the soundscape ecology of Cassin’s Auklet vocalizations on South East Farralon Island. He also researched the feeding behaviors of mixed flocks in the canopy of Costa Rica’s cloud forests. As an Analyst at CMI, he assisted in the development of acoustic monitoring programs for Hawaiian Petrel, Newell’s Shearwater and several other species. He is now pursuing a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology focusing on avian behavior at Cornell University.