Travis Poitras


Travis Poitras is a Biogeographer and Ecologist with the Western Geographic Science Center in Menlo Park, CA.  His interests lie in wildlife and landscape ecology, wetlands, and the conservation of avian species.  He has over 20 years experience in the ecological sciences including 15 years work experience as a field ornithologist.

Travis joined the USGS in 2015 focusing on GIS analysis, remote sensing, and interpreting image, terrain, geographic, and biologic information.  He has conducted geographic analysis of land use and other human-induced land patterns over time and relating them to environmental and socio-economic conditions.  Currently, he is part of several collaborative projects assessing wetland habitat quality dynamics and ecosystem services in response to climate change, restoration, and management practices. 



  • M.A. in Geography with an emphasis in Biogeography and GIS, San Jose State University, 2018
  • B.S. in Wildlife Biology with an emphasis in Ornithology, The Evergreen State College, 1999


Professional Activities and/or Memberships

  • Member, Ecological Society of America
  • Member, The Wildlife Society
  • Member, Ornithological Society of North America
  • Member, Western Field Ornithologists
  • Member, Association of Field Ornithologists
  • Member, Society for Conservation GIS
  • Member, American Birding Association