Zach Ferdaña

Zach Ferdaña is the Senior Marine Conservation Planner for the Global Marine Initiative of The Nature Conservancy. This position supports the implementation of marine conservation strategies in the U.S. and internationally covering marine spatial planning, ecosystem-based management and adaptation approaches. Using GIS technology and the Conservancy’s site and regional planning frameworks, Ferdaña has focused the organization to adopt planning innovations in coastal, nearshore, and offshore environments. He currently serves as the Coastal Resilience network program manager, a variety of projects using interactive decision support web mapping applications to represent information on coastal habitats and hazards, restoration and climate adaptation. He received his degree in Environmental Studies at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, with concentration in Landscape Ecology and Marine Mammal Biology in 1994. He then went on to earn an advanced technical degree in GIS at the University of Washington in 1998. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2000.


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Coastal Resilience 2.0: Assessing Risk and Identifying Solutions to Coastal Hazards

Is there any way to predict the severity and damage posed by storms and flooding to communities? Who is most at risk? And what can we do about it? Introducing Coastal Resilience 2.0.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the 21st century. Join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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Investing in Seagrass
Marine scientists and fishers alike know that grass beds are valuable as nursery habitat. A new Conservancy-funded study puts a number to it.

Drones Aid Bird Conservation
How can California conservationists accurately count thousands of cranes? Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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