Andres Gomez is an ecologist and veterinarian with over 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation. For most of his career, he has worked to identify and strengthen the intersections between conservation and other development sectors to create positive impacts on both nature and human wellbeing. He has recently worked on advancing evidence-based conservation and development practice, which includes aligning monitoring and evaluation systems with strategic learning objectives; working to ensure evidence-informed adaptive management; advancing the use of emerging technology in support of evidence synthesis and generation; and leveraging communications and knowledge management best practices to increase the uptake of evidence products. He is interested in improving decision-making in conservation through the use of data science.

He joined DAI in 2020 as deputy chief of party for USAID’s Integrated Natural Resource Management activity. Before joining DAI, he worked as the evidence lead for USAID’s Measuring Impact and Measuring Impact II activities, was a biodiversity scientist at the American Museum of Natural History, the deputy director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s wildlife health program, and the director of the master’s program in conservation biology at Columbia University, where he taught conservation biology and parasite ecology.

He has worked in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Indonesia, Liberia, Mozambique, the Philippines, South Africa, and the P.R. China.

Ph.D. Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University

M.A. Conservation Biology, Columbia University

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