There are two things that interest me: the relation of people to each other, and the relation of people to land.

— Aldo Leopold, Wherefore Wildlife Ecology?

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Matthew is a PhD candidate with the ICON Science Lab at RMIT University. Matthew is currently working on a range of research projects including evaluating the social dimensions of private land conservation, biodiversity footprint analysis, conservation behavior change and predictive modeling of human behavior.

Previously, Matthew worked in forest and prairie restoration projects in Minnesota and New York, and managed a protected area in West Africa, focused on primate conservation. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota College of Natural Resources and his MSc from Imperial College London. His research is supported by RMIT University, the Australian Research Council’s Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions, and the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program’s Threatened Species Hub.