Dr. Chad Wilsey is interim Chief Scientist and Vice President of Conservation Science for the National Audubon Society. Chad leads a team of scientists conducting analyses in support of Audubon’s national initiatives on Climate, Coasts, Water, and Working Lands. Recently, Chad was principal investigator on Audubon’s North American Grasslands and Birds report, Future of Birds in Our National Parks study, and Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline report.
Chad’s research generally focuses on the impacts of climate and land-use change on birds and ecosystems. He commonly works with big data collected by volunteer scientists along with tools such as GIS, machine learning, and systematic spatial prioritization. He has a PhD from the University of Washington, an MS from the University of Wisconsin, and a BS from the University of Puget Sound.