Elliot Koontz is an environmental data scientist with 6 years of experience in quantitative ecology, computer programming, and natural resource management. Elliot has worked collaboratively with the Freshwater Ecology and Conservation Lab at the University of Washington and the U.S. Forest Service to evaluate impacts of wildfires on freshwater stream ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. His background includes using a suite of quantitative tools, including generalized regression, multivariate ordination, linear and nonlinear optimization, and differential equations to model ecological populations in response to environmental conditions. He is trained in multiple programming languages and GIS and routinely collates environmental data sets in order to address questions in ecosystem management. Elliot has also conducted fieldwork assessing wildfire risk with U.S. Forest Service in Colorado and performing forest thinning and invasive species removal in the Great Basin.
Elliot earned a Master of Science in Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Nevada. He lives in Seattle and enjoys biking, hiking, sea-kayaking, and exploring the sights and sounds of the Pacific Northwest.