… is the Manager of the Guyana Conservation Initiative at the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens and a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation at the University of Florida. His research focuses on the impact of habitat type, hunting, logging, and livestock on the abundance and distribution of large mammals in the Rupununi Region of Guyana. He previously worked in public education at the zoos and aquariums in the U.S. and in research and community-based conservation in Kenya, South Africa, Malaysian Borneo and Guyana. Matt earned a B.A. in Biology with minors in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston; an M.A. in Zoology from Miami University/Project Dragonfly’s Global Field Program, and a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Ecology with a certificate in Tropical Conservation & Development from the University of Florida.