Zachary Posnik

Spatial Ecologist

Zachary Posnik is a Spatial Ecologist for the Spatial Conservation Planning team with the National Audubon Society, supporting on-the-ground conservation and restoration decision-making across a variety of landscape-scale projects. Zach specializes in Python coding to build reproducible GIS processes and products across projects. He collaborates across Audubon’s science team, including the climate and quantitative science teams. Zach is also an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Department of Geography where he teaches Biogeography. 

Before joining Audubon, Zach worked as a researcher for the Nature-based Solutions Initiative at the University of Oxford, where he built code for GIS-focused, nature-based solutions decision-making across England. He has also spent time on various species and landscape conservation projects with The International Union for the Conservation of Nature and the Bureau of Land Management.

Zach graduated with his Master of Science in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management from the University of Oxford, School of Geography and Environment in 2022 and has his Bachelor of Science in Geography and Geographic Information Systems from The George Washington University in 2020. His academic research has included examining avian response to controlled burns, regional spatial prioritization for sea turtle populations, and Complexity Theory application to social ecological systems. He currently lives in Washington, DC.