Science Applications
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Dragonfly lights on sleeve and Service patch of Service employee. Credit: USFWS.
Dragonfly lights on sleeve and Service patch of Service employee. Credit: USFWS.

Staff and Contacts

James Broska, Assistant Regional Director Science Applications, holds snake. Credit: USFWS.
James Broska, Assistant Regional Director Science Applications, holds snake. Credit: USFWS.
  James Broska
Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications. James Broska received his B.S. in Earth Sciences from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1992 and his M.S. in Hydrogeology from the University of South Florida in 1994. Broska began his career with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources division in 1992 and joined the Service in 1999 in the Water Resources Branch of Refuges in the Regional Office in Albuquerque. He worked on hydrology and aquatic ecology projects throughout the Region for 11 years at over 15 Refuges. Additionally, Broska provided support in Water Rights issues and groundwater modeling to several Ecological Services and Fisheries offices in Arizona and Oklahoma. In 2010, Broska left his position in Refuges and began a new chapter with the Service as Science Coordinator for the Great Plains LCC, where he worked to link science and management on issues such as climate change impacts on grasslands, playas, and migratory birds, lesser-prairie chicken, prairie rivers, and landscape conservation design. He has been the Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications since 2016.
     
Bill Bartush, Conservation Coordinator, is evaluating / measuring bottomland hardwood habitat in east Texas for Louisiana Black Bear. Credit: USFWS.
Bill Bartush, Conservation Coordinator, is evaluating / measuring bottomland hardwood habitat in east Texas for Louisiana Black Bear. Credit: USFWS.
  Bill Bartush
Conservation Coordinator. Bill Bartush is a graduate of Oklahoma State University with B.S. and M.S. in Wildlife Ecology. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and has been in the wildlife profession for more than 30 years. Bartush has remained active in private lands management, providing technical advice for agricultural, forestry, and wildlife operations in Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma. Bartush most recently served as Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative. He believes landscape level planning has grown towards a more functional delivery of conservation by bringing together partners – agency, NGO's, and private landowners – who have common landscape goals.
     
    Ben Kahler
Science Coordinator. Ben Kahler earned a B.S. in Natural Resource Management with Distinction and a B.A. in Anthropology from The Ohio State University before serving in the U.S. Peace Corps in Vanuatu. There, he collaborated with private landowners and government agencies to strengthen food and livelihood security in rural communities, and to establish the country’s largest land management area. Returning to Ohio State after his service, Kahler earned a Master of Science studying landscape habitat associations of breeding rails and bitterns. Kahler joined the Science Applications team as a Science Coordinator for the Gulf Coast Prairie Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2015. Prior to that, he worked at the Upper Mississippi River and Great Lakes Region Joint Venture, where he worked with partners to design research and monitoring efforts, and created decision-support tools to deliver habitat restoration, enhancement, and protection objectives that achieve population goals for birds in the Midwest.
     
Matt soil sampling at a riparian restoration site in the Colorado River Delta, Baja California, Mexico. Credit: USFWS.
Matt soil sampling at a riparian restoration site in the Colorado River Delta, Baja California, Mexico. Credit: USFWS.
  Matt Grabau
Science Coordinator. In 2002, Matt Grabau received a B.S. in Wildlife, Watershed, and Rangeland Resources (Wildlife Science option) from the University of Arizona. After a year of Sonoran pronghorn monitoring and research on the Barry Goldwater Range, he returned to the University of Arizona to pursue his M.S. and PhD in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. Before joining the Service as Science Coordinator for the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative in 2016, Grabau worked at the Sonoran Institute where he managed riparian restoration for the Colorado River Delta Program in northwest Mexico. During this time, he also worked with the US-Mexico binational working groups to determine how to maximize ecological and social benefits of future environmental flows to the Delta. Previously, Grabau worked as an environmental consultant for approximately 10 years, where he focused primarily on applied research on riparian restoration and ecohydrology on the lower Colorado River.
     
     
     

 

Last updated: October 3, 2018