Dr. Michael Evans

Senior Data Scientist

Mike’s work is focused on developing new ways to use data and technology to improve conservation decision-making and prioritization. Many of his projects apply deep learning approaches to remote sensing data to better understand land-use dynamics. Before arriving at the Conservancy, Mike was the Senior Conservation Data Scientist at Defenders of Wildlife, where he led the use of geoinformatics and data science to improve federal conservation policy.

Mike is drawn to a career in conservation based on a love of wildlife, with an academic background in wildlife ecology. He earned a PhD in Natural Resource Management from the University of Connecticut where his research helped state agencies understand how the space use and movements of black bears change across gradients of human landscape modification. He is also a scientific SCUBA diver, and studied the population ecology of Caribbean corals while working on his Masters in Ecology, Evolution, & Behavior at the University at Buffalo. Mike also holds a Bachelors in Biology from Oberlin College. Michael recently authored the paper “Novel data show expert wildlife agencies are important to endangered species protection” and co-authored two others “PumasĀ Puma concolor as ecological brokers: a review of their biotic relationships” and “Coproduce Conservation Technology With Conservation Decision Makers and Practitioners to Increase Its Impact.”

In his free time he enjoys archery, snowboarding and disc golf.