TerrAdapt

Cascadia

Team and Advisors

We are a team of 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.

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Tom Campbell

Tom Campbell has been a funder of climate change and biodiversity efforts over the past 15 years. He 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. He currently is the treasurer of the Charlotte Martin Foundation funding conservation work in the five Northwest states including Alaska.

Tanya Birch

Tanya Birch

Tanya Birch leads Google Earth Outreach’s Nature Conservation efforts, advancing science-based solutions to 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.

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Andrew Shirk

Andrew Shirk is a co-founder of TerrAdapt and 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 special focus on the demographic and genetic viability of populations, connectivity conservation and habitat modeling.

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Greg Kehm

Greg Kehm is a co-founder of TerrAdapt contributing decades of applied experience in large landscape planning and the application of science and Indigenous Knowledge into land decision-making processes. In his 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 partner 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.

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Dave Thau

Dave Thau helped 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 his 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.

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Carly Vynne

Carly Vynne is a co-founder of TerrAdapt and 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 a Principal at Osprey Insights and Strategic Partner with RESOLVE, Carly helped develop the Global Deal for Nature, Global Safety Net, and is working on a number of rewilding initiatives across the western US and Alaska. Carly holds a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Policy from Middlebury College (VT-USA) and a PhD in Biology from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Special Advisors

Special Advisors have an in-depth knowledge of the practitioners and audience of TerrAdapt: Cascadia users, and provide high-level guidance on its implementation. We are grateful to you for your time and input!

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Jennifer Watkins

Jen Watkins is a special advisor on TerrAdapt and the Science, Planning, and Monitoring Assistant 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.

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Meade Krosby

Meade Krosby is a special advisor on TerrAdapt: Cascadia and a leader of the Cascadia Partner Forum's Climate Adaptation Strategy. Meade is a Senior Scientist with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and also the University Deputy Director of the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center. Dr. Krosby works closely with land and wildlife managers, policymakers, and communities to collaboratively understand and address climate impacts on species and ecosystems. Her current work includes vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning; large landscape conservation planning for climate resilience; and efforts to build climate adaptation capacity and communities of practice.

External Science Advisory Group

The External Science Advisory Group provides expertise and peer review of the methods and data used in the TerrAdapt map. Their efforts are sincerely appreciated and have made lasting contributions to the success and utility of this effort. Thank you!


Alex Bevington, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Karl Burkhart, OneEarth.org

Carlos Carroll, Klamath Center for Conservation Research

Sam Cushman, US Forest Service

Bill Gaines, Washington Conservation Science Institute

Kathleen Gobush, Defenders of Wildlife

Kim Hall, The Nature Conservancy

Meade Krosby, University of Washington

Josh Lawler, University of Washington

Colin Mahony, BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

Julia Michalak, University of Washington

Don Morgan, BC Ministry of the Environment

Todd Sanford, Aspen Global Change Institute

Michael Schindel, The Nature Conservancy

Peter Singleton, US Forest Service

Andy Teucher, BC Ministry of the Environment

David Theobold, Conservation Planning Technologies

Jessica Walz Schafer, Wildlands Network