Team

We are practitioners and scientists with expertise and many years of applied experience building community partnerships, conducting conservation planning, co-producing science and data to inform planning, and developing geospatial software.

Executive Team

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Andrew Shirk

Andrew Shirk, Executive Director and a co-founder of TerrAdapt is also the lead software developer and ecological modeler in our team. Andrew is a research ecologist with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group. In collaboration with state and federal agencies and regional conservation groups, he studies the interacting effects of climate change, our expanding human footprint, and natural processes on species and their habitats, with a special focus on the demographic and genetic viability of populations, connectivity conservation, and habitat modeling.

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Carly Vynne

Carly Vynne, Director of Global Outreach, Cascadia Program Coordinator, and a co-founder of TerrAdapt brings expertise in regional and global conservation planning to help guide our team’s approach to integrating dynamic data to serve multiple partners. Carly’s principal motivation is to help ensure that natural places and wild species can thrive together with humanity now and into the future – and she strongly believes that TerrAdapt can play a major role in making this happen. As the Biodiversity and Climate Team Lead at RESOLVE, Carly is a key contributor to the Global Deal for Nature and, Global Safety Net develop the Global Deal for Nature and Global Safety Net, and is working on a number of rewilding initiatives across the western US and Alaska. Carly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College (VT-USA) and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Washington, Seattle.

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Gregory Kehm

Greg Kehm, Director of Partnerships and Implementation and a co-founder of TerrAdapt contributes decades of applied experience in large landscape planning and the application of science and Indigenous Knowledge into land decision-making processes. In his consulting practice, he is an independent advisor to governments, First Nations, and civil society organizations. Applied projects include building guardian and monitoring programs, land relationship planning, and identifying ecological climate refugia. Greg supports TerrAdapt community engagement, adaptive management planning, and training. He lives in the unceded ancestral territory of the Musquem, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Board of Directors

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Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell, Board Chair, has been a funder of climate change and biodiversity efforts over the past 15 years and provides TerrAdapt organizational and strategic leadership. Tom has long been involved in conservation and land-use decisions and was a principal architect of Washington State’s Growth Management Act. He has served on the Forest Practices Board and was active in Spotted Owl and Marbled Murrelet decisions. Tom currently is the treasurer of the Charlotte Martin Foundation funding conservation work in the five Northwest states including Alaska.

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Jen Watkins

Jen Watkins is the Science, Planning, and Monitoring Acting Division Manager - Forest Health and Resiliency Division, Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Jen has worked for many years on forest restoration, natural resource climate resiliency planning, and large landscape connectivity. Jen sparks the collaborations required to work across boundaries and borders including facilitating the annual Cascadia Connects conference. She is a founding member of the Cascadia Partner Forum and lives in Seattle, Washington.

Tanya Birch

Tanya Birch

Tanya Birch leads Google Earth Outreach’s Nature Conservation efforts, advancing science-based solutions to the conservation of biodiversity and habitats with leading organizations by applying Google's geospatial, AI & machine learning technologies. Tanya leads Google's involvement in TerrAdapt, a cloud platform to catalyze data-driven decision-making to protect wildlife and habitats in a changing climate.

Dave Thau

Dave Thau

Dave Thau, Special Advisor to the Board, helped to initiate the TerrAdapt platform while he worked at Google. Since then he has continued to help develop the tool and apply it to new regions in his role at the World Wildlife Fund where he is the Global Data and Technology Lead Scientist. Dave’s work in the fields of data management, sustainability, artificial intelligence, and remote sensing has appeared in journals like Science, Nature, Remote Sensing of Environment, Sustainability, and Ecological Informatics.