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Steven Cognac

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Steven is a plant biologist with six years of experience managing ecological restoration projects, environmental permitting and planning, and rare and invasive plant monitoring programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, focusing on wetlands and soil science. He has extensive experience in Massachusetts and the San Francisco Bay Area conducting jurisdictional delineations, protocol-level rare plant surveys, and vegetation type mapping. Steven has worked with natural resource agencies and various stakeholders to implement project goals and objectives successfully. His work in the non-profit, private, and government sectors of the environmental field has spotlighted discord between ecological data collection and equitable access to those resources. As a master’s candidate of Environmental Data Science at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, he’s interested in advancing the analytical toolkit for practitioners of applied resource management and streamlining the data collection, wrangling, and distribution pipeline. His primary goal is to bridge the science communication gap between scientists, direct practitioners, and the general public.

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