Charles van Rees

2020 Fellow University of Montana Faculty advisor(s): Brian Hand


Charles van Rees is a postdoctoral research scientist at the Flathead Lake Biological Station and in the Department of Wildlife Biology at the University of Montana. Charles grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts, and received a BA in Ecology and a BA in Environmental Sciences from Connecticut College, before working in ecological field research and wildlife conservation. He received his PhD in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from Tufts University in 2018 and then moved to Spain to conduct conservation research in DoƱana National Park as a Fulbright Early Career Scholar. In his spare time, he is an avid naturalist particularly interested in insects and birds as well as a mixed martial artist, specializing in Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiujitsu, Karate and Aikido.

Charles focuses on applied conservation research with the key aim of informing policy and management decisions to protect biodiversity and the valuable ecosystem services it provides to societies. His expertise and training are centered around endangered wildlife and freshwater ecosystems and their interactions with water resources management.

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