Tosha Comendant, Ph.D.

Senior Conservation Scientist, Team Lead- Planning & Management

Dr. Comendant is a Senior Scientist with 15 years of experience in research, communication, and organizational capacity building.  Her program and project work is at the nexus of conservation science and technology.  She has a proven track record developing innovative methods, tools, databases, and science-based solutions that increase knowledge-transfer, enhance stakeholder engagement, and inform natural resource management decisions.  Skills and experience include:

  • Business development and client management
  • Building relationships and managing collaborative teams
  • Cultivating impactful cross sector/public-private partnerships
  • Publishing, presenting, proposal writing, and reporting
  • Performance management and measurement
  • Domestic/international/local/regional/global projects
  • Training, facilitation, and social media

Dr. Comendant received her Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UC Santa Cruz where she studied life history evolution.  She received her B.A. from UC Berkeley in Integrative Biology. She lives with her husband and their twins in Napa, California.

Specialties:  ecology, evolution, protected areas and easements, online data sharing, visualization, and collaboration platforms and tools, island ecology, invasive species, herpetology, social media, inbound marketing, and landscape-scale informatic assessments.


CBI expands PFLCC Simple Viewer
CBI is expanding on previous work with the Peninsular Florida Landscape Conservation Cooperative (PFLCC) to further develop the PFLCC Simple Viewer to provide greater functionality and flexibility.
Water Planning Information Exchange
CBI worked with the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to develop the Water Plan Information Exchange (Water PIE), powered by Data Basin, to promote integrated regional water management through data sharing.
California Statewide Energy Planning
CBI is providing science and technical support to assist the California Energy Commission (CEC) in planning the state’s future energy needs, which includes achieving aggressive renewable energy goals with minimal damage to natural systems.

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Authentic Learning Through Projects
This is the third year CBI has had the privilege of working with teachers and students at Redwood Middle School (Napa, CA) to support project-based learning.  Organizations such as NapaLearns and New Tech Network have blazed the trail for helping students learn through contextual and authentic experiences.  Students work together on meaningful projects that require creativity and communication and require them to demonstrate ...

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