About CCI

The Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife focuses on improving endangered species conservation in the U.S., especially under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We use data, technology, and interdisciplinary approaches to pioneer innovative, pragmatic conservation solutions. CCI-dev is where we host and present our web-based products: web apps, analyses, papers, working papers, web maps, and other tools.

Each of our initiatives is designed to generate at least one of the following outcomes:

  • Fill knowledge gaps.  Find and analyze data to inform conservation decisions and make the data publicly available.
  • Demonstrate the possible.  Offer concrete examples of how new technologies can improve conservation.
  • Improve implementation.  Develop better wildlife regulations, policies, practices, and decision-making tools.
  • Improve accountability.  Ensure government agencies, permittees, and other are fulfilling their conservation duties.

Who We Are

Within Defenders of Wildlife, staff from many programs contribute to the Center’s work. Our core team is the staff of the Endangered Species Conservation Department. Michael Evans leads our data science and remote sensing work. Matthew Moskwik leads our spatial science work in the Center and across Defenders. Jennie Miller builds the science capacity and serves the Center and Defenders. Megan Evansen coordinates and helps with key projects for the Center. And Jacob Malcom directs the Center.

The Center has a diverse group of volunteers, ranging from senior advisors with substantial experience in conservation and related disciplines, to college interns helping with data gathering and analysis.


The Center collaborates with many other organizations, including government agencies, universities, regulated entities, and other conservation groups. We focus on partnerships that take advantage of innovations in science, technology, and policy. To learn more about collaborating with us, please send an email inquiry to cci@defenders.org. If you are interested in volunteering or working with us, we post any position vacancies here.

You can also sign up for our periodic email updates by sending a request to cci@defenders.org.