Anderson Shepard

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Conservation Planning Associate

Anderson ShepardAreas of expertise: conservation planning; GIS and spatial analysis; landscape ecology

Anderson (Andy) works with the Conservation Planning Team to bring together the tools, information, and expertise needed to make biodiversity conservation more effective. He provides capacity and technical support to land trusts, state agencies, and other organizations, helping them to recognize and prioritize key opportunities for conservation interventions, spatially assess the status of habitat and establish goals, and develop innovative and effective strategies for achieving those goals.

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.