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.
     
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.
     
   

Matt Boggie
Matt Boggie started this week as a Geospatial Biologist with an office here on the 8th floor.  Matt received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in wildlife ecology from the University of Arizona, and in 2018, received his Ph.D. in Biology and Minor in Applied Statistics from New Mexico State University. His research has centered on integrating statistical approaches and geospatial information to investigate how environmental change and natural and anthropogenic disturbances modulate the behavioral responses of wildlife and influence the habitat and distribution of wildlife populations. Through effective partnerships with Federal and State agencies, his research has contributed to the development and implementation of broad-scale conservation strategies for multiple Federal trust species. He places a high value on bringing together partners and stakeholders to address shared conservation priorities and combining efforts to deliver desirable outcomes. He looks forward to being a part of Science Applications and supporting the mission of providing science-based solutions for natural resource challenges faced by the Southwest Region.

     
   

Daniel Bunting
Daniel joined the Science Applications program as our newest Geospatial Biologist!  Daniel started on July 22 with his office located at the Austin ESFO. As part of the Science Applications Team, his duties will include supporting priority science needs throughout the Southwest Region but with an emphasis on Texas based Service priorities.

Daniel is a desert ecosystem specialist bringing over 15 yrs experience in natural resources and 10 yrs working with GIS applications. He studied General Biology (BS, 2002; Wildlife Science Minor) and Natural Resources (MS, 2010) at the University of Arizona. He followed up with a doctorate degree in Watershed Management and Ecohydrology (PhD, 2012; Remote Sensing and Spatial Analysis Minor) while earning a Global Information Science Certificate from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Arizona.

Daniel has worked in the private sector for several years. His most recent position as a Project Manager in the Natural Resources Division at Harris Environmental Group (Tucson, AZ) allowed him to work with a diverse group of clients and stakeholders, including several state and federal agencies, tribes, non-profits, and NGOs. 

     

 

Last updated: August 9, 2019