Sean Finn

Partnerships Ecologist U.S. Geological Survey


Sean Finn lives in Boise, Idaho and is a Science Coordinator in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Science Applications Program. Sean has worked closely with the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center (NW CASC) over the years, first as Coordinator for the Great Northern Landscape Conservation Cooperative and most recently as a part-time Partnerships Ecologist for the NW CASC.

Sean’s work mostly involves infusing science into conservation decision-making across large landscapes. His initial training was in wildlife biology but has since expanded, over the last 28 years, to include diverse aspects of natural resource science and management including landscape ecology, systems analysis and climate adaptation. Most recently, Sean has been working on developing Landscape Conservation Designs, which bring together collaborative goal setting, spatial optimization modeling and structured decision making to envision and quantify desired future conditions for resilient and sustainable socio-ecological landscapes. Sean’s role with the NW CASC is to explore field-level climate science and information needs. By interacting with a variety of partners and partnerships across the northwest, he is learning and synthesizing innovative approaches to apply climate adaptation knowledge and enhance adaptive conservation decision-making. In his free time, Sean enjoys volunteering on local habitat restoration projects and maintaining a native xeriscape at home.