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Mike Evans is currently the conservation data scientist at the Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) within Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC. His work focuses on better understanding and improving implementation of the Endangered Species Act. As a part of CCI, he analyzes administrative, geospatial, and remote sensing data to evaluating the efficacy of current conservation approaches and create tools that can help external conservation partners and federal agencies. Before coming to Defenders Mike trained as a spatial ecologist, studying the movement patterns and space use of black bears and mountain lions in relation to man-made features and human activity. He received a B.A. in Biology from Oberlin College, M.S. in Ecology from the University at Buffalo, and Ph.D. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut.