Max has a diverse background in community relations, project management, negotiations and environmental monitoring for Audubon. His experience as a biologist includes conducting a wide variety of bird surveys and submitting data to state agencies as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Service. These ranged from Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys to raptor nest and Greater Sage Grouse lek surveys. From 2014 to 2018, Max managed a 2,200 acre property in rural Wisconsin for Rio Tinto where he performed environmental monitoring, permit compliance work and oversaw invasive species management, biodiversity studies, and habitat restoration projects. This work required regular coordination with state resource agencies, local governments, wildlife and conservation groups and other stakeholders. He also worked on large scale environmental remediation projects in Washington, Wyoming and New Jersey.
Max spends most of his free time volunteering on conservation projects with Audubon’s partners, including Tracy Aviary and The Nature Conservancy. He enjoys leading and participating in Audubon chapter field trips and community science activities.
Max has a biology degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. He plans to continue his education at Utah State University, with a focus on avian conservation research efforts related to the Great Salt Lake and its watersheds.