Having lived in Iowa since age four, Matt grew up catching critters, fishing, playing in the marshes and hunting. Matt always had an interest in aquatic life as a child and he pursued his interests at the University of Northern Iowa where he received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology.
Matt describes himself as a jack-of-all-trades as he set up mobile homes, worked in a body shop, made concrete patio block and retaining walls, worked at a turkey farm, operated heavy equipment, worked at a seed company, and monitored wetlands for the Iowa DNR before joining the Nature Conservancy staff in November of 2008.
Matt started his tenure with The Nature Conservancy by developing strategies and plans for flood control after the record-breaking Cedar River flood. Matt forms partnerships with individuals and corporations to fund the protection and reconnection of Iowa’s floodplains to prevent large floods in the future.
Matt enjoys forming partnerships and connections with others, while spreading information about The Nature Conservancy’s mission and work.