Matthew Moskwik

Conservation GIS Scientist

Areas of Expertise: Landscape ecology, spatial analysis, and wildlife conservation 

Matthew MoskwikMatthew manages GIS data, conducts spatial analyses, and creates map products for Defenders of Wildlife.  Spatial analyses include conservation planning, climate change impacts on biodiversity, and remote sensing to assess and monitor habitat for imperiled species.  Additionally, he works with staff across the entire organization to meet their GIS needs and collaborates with others outside Defenders. 

Before joining Defenders in July 2017, Matthew worked for The Nature Conservancy in North Carolina and has previously worked for the Wildlife Habitat Council and USGS.  He earned a certificate in Applied Statistical Modeling and a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014.  Before his doctoral work, Matthew earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Eastern Washington University. 

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Defenders in Action
Bears die when they get into trouble with people’s garbage, livestock, when they are hit by cars and trains or illegally killed. By preventing these conflicts we can keep bears alive and on the road to recovery.
Bison with calf, © Diana LeVasseur
Success Story
November 2014 - More than 100 wild bison were brought to Fort Peck Indian Reservation, adding to this historic conservation herd.
Success Stories
June, 2013 - The Montana Supreme Court lifts the injunction that prevented Yellowstone bison from being relocated to tribal lands.