Matt is from the United States, but fell in love with the African savannah during a university study abroad program in Tanzania. After completing his undergraduate degree in English and Politics, Matt moved back to Tanzania where he spent several years as a research assistant and lodge manager in the Selous Game Reserve. Hooked on life in the bush, Matt returned to school to get a Masters in Environmental Management, with a focus on ecosystem science and conservation. For his thesis, Matt analyzed connecting between East African lion populations. He went on to coordinate a year-long research project on illegal bushmeat hunting in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Matt joined iCWild in August 2015 in collaboration with Panthera’s Leopard Program. He is analyzing data from motion-triggered camera trap surveys using Spatial Capture-Recapture models to study leopard population dynamics and distribution across dozens of reserves in South Africa, Mozambique, and Swaziland.