IMS Affiliated Faculty

Bernie Tershy
  • Title
    • Assistant Adjunct Professor
  • Division Physical & Biological Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Department
    • Institute of Marine Sciences
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Long Marine Lab Ocean Health Building, 340
  • Mail Stop Long Marine Lab

Biography, Education and Training

I'm a serial conservation entrepreneur. I co-founded:
1) the Conservation Action Lab, which has published over 140 papers on the conservation and ecology of marine, island and endangered species, and trained 25 graduate students and post docs who now hold significant positions in conservation and academia;
2) Island Conservation and Conservación de Islas, two science-based NGOs that protected over 460 insular endemics from extinction and formed over 1,665,000ha of new marine and island protected areas.
3) Conservation Metrics, a for-profit conservation company that uses machine learning tools to analyze sensor-derived big data on wildlife populations, and drive iterative improvements in conservation practice.

Most recently, I helped start the Henry Arnhold Fellows Program, which finds great people with proven conservation solutions and helps them take those solutions to scale.

My current startup, Freshwater Life, protects the most endangered freshwater species from extinction.

I have a: B.S. in biology from the UC, Santa Cruz; M.S. in marine sciences from Moss Landing Marine Labs; and, Ph.D. in neurobiology and behavior from Cornell University.