Matt's areas of expertise are ornithology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology. He has been at The Wilderness Society since spring of 2006.
Matt holds a BA in History and Government from Bowdoin College, an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana and a PhD in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan, where he focused his research on the effects of human disturbance – in particular, road traffic – on the distribution, stress physiology and reproductive success of migratory landbirds.
Prior to working at TWS, Matt conducted field research for the Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, the Montana Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit, HawkWatch International, Hastings Natural History Reserve (U.C. Berkeley) and Montana Riparian and Wetland Association. Matt has also worked in environmental advocacy for the League of Conservation Voters and the Sierra Club and was the director of The Western North Carolina Alliance, a regional grassroots conservation organization.
Matt's areas of expertise are ornithology, behavioral ecology, and conservation biology. He has published scientific papers in high-impact journals such as Biological Conservation, Conservation Science & Practice, BioScience, Global Ecology & Conservation, Ecological Applications, and Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. He currently leads the applications unit of the Science Team, which uses original TWS research and other scientific studies to support our program goals.