Matthew Harris


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Matthew Harris is a wildlife biologist and brings more than seven field seasons of experience with multiple federal and state agencies, public universities, and environmental consulting companies. During that time, he has completed and led surveys for a variety of taxa in eleven different states. Surveys have included bat surveys, game camera surveys for Delmarva fox squirrels, herpetofauna surveys with drift fences and coverboards, bird point counts, invasive species removal, and electroshocking native brook trout populations.

Matthew’s bat experience has included leading acoustic surveys for endangered Indiana bats (Myotis sodalis) and threatened Northern Long-eared bats (Myotis septentionalis). He has also assisted with the mist-netting, harp-trapping, and banding of bat species impacted by white-nose syndrome and the surveying of bat hibernacula in historic state parks.

In addition to field work, Matthew has developed numerous databases, updated field survey protocols, drafted professional maps, and performed a variety of public outreach and interpretation responsibilities. He is currently working with Marstel-Day to evaluate acoustic recordings for species richness of local and migratory bird species.

Matthew received his BS and MS degrees from James Madison University and has engaged in numerous research opportunities in the Shenandoah Valley Region.