Ryan Covington

Conservation GIS Analyst

Ryan Covington
Areas of Expertise: Geospatial information, science, and technology to support wildlife conservation. 

Ryan provides geospatial information support and leadership for all of Defenders’ programs, particularly Endangered Species Conservation, Renewables, Field Conservation, and Federal Lands. His work ranges from using remotely-sensed imagery to monitor endangered species habitat to developing predictive spatial models that inform conservation decisions. In addition to these data-driven spatial analytics, Ryan is working to broaden our picture of endangered species conservation and recovery, focusing on ways that citizen scientists, big-data, and open-source mapping can improve what we know about wildlife and their habitats and contribute to better conservation decisions. Ryan holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received his B.S. and M.A. from East Carolina University in Geography.