Hurvis Center Staff Bios
Matthew Mulligan, M.S.
Youth Research Facilitator
M.S. – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Thesis: “Effects of Connectivity and Regional Dynamics on Restoration of Small Mammal Communities in Midwestern Grasslands”
- B.S. – Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Areas of Expertise
- Restoration ecology
- Conservation science
- Informal environmental education and planning
- Scientific field procedures
About Matthew Mulligan:
Matt’s interest in zoological parks was first sparked during an animal care internship at Oakland Zoo in California. As a zookeeper intern, he was able to help care for tigers, lions, zebra, camels, cotton-top tamarins, among other species, and inform visitors about the animals’ life histories and behaviors. Matt studied abroad in South Africa while pursuing his undergraduate degree, and the country’s megafauna and conservation challenges inspired him to educate the public about environmental conservation. After graduation, he served a professional internship as an education presenter at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Matt evaluated the effects of connectivity and regional dynamics on the restoration of small mammal communities in Midwestern grasslands for his master’s research at the University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, Matt also served as education coordinator for the University of Illinois Student Chapter of the Wildlife Society and as an environmental public program leader with the Urbana Park District to teach local youth about the wild mammals, birds and invertebrates around them. This combination of scientific research and informal education experience makes Matt a good match for the Hurvis team. He believes that environmental conservation starts with public understanding and awareness and is solidified with scientific research to provide data to back it up.