Olivia Townsend is a wildlife biologist with experience working in terrestrial, freshwater, and marine systems. She has worked on a variety of ecological projects in Hawaii, mainland Ecuador, the Galápagos Islands, Australia, New Zealand, and around the northeastern and western United States. Olivia has extensive experience in a wide range of field sampling and monitoring techniques related to birds, fisheries, mammals, and herpetofauna. For her graduate research, Olivia conducted a seabird foraging ecology study investigating the spatial distribution and habitat use of red-tailed tropicbirds in the main Hawaiian Islands. Prior to joining Stillwater, she worked as a biologist in the South Bay performing pre-construction surveys and biological monitoring for nesting birds and special-status species, and was a fish and wildlife technician for the State of New York. Olivia is also a natural science illustrator whose work has appeared in publications and merchandise for various wildlife organizations. In her free time, Olivia enjoys hiking, camping, running races, traveling, and exploring the Bay Area and beyond with her husband and their dog, Dacks.
Education: M.S., Biological Sciences, concentration in Organismal Biology, Conservation and Ecology; B.S., Biological Sciences
Permits Held: CDFW Scientific Collecting Permit (Stillwater Sciences Entity Permit)