Sky Bischoff-Mattson

Sky Bischoff-Mattson

Career Interests

Wildlife Policy, Conservation, Protected Areas, International Policy, Wildlife/Conservation Management
Employment Sought:


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Ecosystem Science and Conservation
Bachelor of Arts, May 2010
Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME 
Majors: Biology and French

Professional Experience

Refuge Biology Volunteer, US Fish & Wildlife Service, Midway Atoll, NWHI
Ensure population health and survival of local birds, including albatross and endangered Laysan Ducks, by monitoring and mitigation work. Designed and built a database to streamline Laysan duck re-sights and monitoring. Planted native species and removed invasives as part of ongoing ecological restoration.  Mar’17-Aug’17
Pika Survey Technician, US Geological Survey, MT, WA, OR, ID 
Surveyed for pika presence to monitor population and document the effects of climate change on a climate-sensitive species. June’16-Oct’16
Meerkat Project Manager, Kalahari Meerkat Project, Kalahari Desert, RSA 
Scheduled, managed, and provided support for 10-15 volunteers over 2 years. Organized and ran multiple experiments for post-doctoral researchers, and liaised & collaborated with other international projects, and researchers on site (University of Zurich, Duke University, Molerat Research Project); extracted and manipulated data for post-docs. Performed daily captures of meerkats involving: anesthesia, sampling, morphometric measurements, and ultrasound scans (as needed) to further understanding of their biology. Hosted and ran weekly staff meetings, provided weekly and monthly reports, including accident reports, to facilitate communication with upper management (in the UK). Developed secondary databases to help with data collection, refined primary database by creating data check queries in SQL & VBA, improved site maps with QGIS. Aug’13-Sep’15
Barn Owl Research Assistant, University of Illinois, Belknap, IL 
Monitored nest boxes and assisted with prototype playback experiments of barn owl calls in order to develop an accurate population estimate of a state-endangered bird. Interacted with INHS staff, property owners at sites, and general public. Apr’13-Aug’13
Research Volunteer, Kalahari Meerkat ProjectKalahari Desert, RSA 
Ran communal food affairs for research site, purchasing food for 20+ staff and volunteers, organizing food storage, financial accounting, and communicating with suppliers. Collected behavioral & weight data on meerkats to better understand their life history and social interactions. Jan’12-Jan’13


project management

Graduation Date

May 2019

Additional Resources



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Preferred Sector

Federal Government
Law / Legal
Non-profit / NGO
Research Institute / Think Tank
State / Local Government