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 is working to bring scientific information to bear on issues relating to roads, transportation and motorized recreation in California’s National Forests and is part of the California national forest planning team.
Murdoch C. C. , Dietz M. S., Low B. S. , and Bednekoff P. Under contract for 2013. Introduction to Behavioral Ecology: Behavior, Life History, and Conservation. Oxford University Press.
Dietz M. S., Murdoch C. C., Romero L. M., Ozgul, A., and Foufopoulos, J. 2012 (accepted with revisions). Distance to a road is associated with reproductive success and physiological stress response in a migratory landbird. Wilson Journal of Ornithology.
Brown C., Reed S. E., and Dietz M. S. In preparation. Detection and classification of anthropogenic sound events in a forested landscape. Environmental Management.