Areas of expertise: conservation planning; GIS and spatial analysis; landscape ecology
Anderson (Andy) works with the Landscape Conservation Team to cultivate, manage, and execute Defenders’ program and policy work in conservation planning, spatial analysis, and landscape ecology.
Before starting with Defenders, Andy worked with programs based at the University of California, Santa Barbara’s Biogeography Lab that focused on the effects of climate change on broad-scale ecological processes, especially with regards to the ecology and management of oak woodlands. Prior to that, Andy worked with Conservation International looking into the effects of climate change and premium wine production on global habitat conservation, and worked as a field biologist on projects ranging from tracking desert bighorn sheep in the Grand Canyon, to the Yellowstone Wolf Project, to orchid conservation in the cloud forests of Ecuador. He has also spent many winters of his life skiing and teaching others how to ski.
Andy holds a B.A. in Biology and Latin American Studies from Colorado College, and a Master’s of Environmental Science and Management from the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara.