DJ Evans

+1 (518) 402-8948

New York Natural Heritage Program
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
625 Broadway, 5th Floor
Albany, NY 12233-4757

DJ grew up in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan, earned a BS in biology/aquatic ecology from Michigan Technological University (MTU) in 1985, and later, while working for the US Forest Service in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, went back to MTU to pursue a Master’s in Forestry. Her Master’s work focused on three rare ferns found in the forests of the Eastern Upper Peninsula, and her new-found passion for rare species conservation was a perfect fit for Natural Heritage work. DJ came to the New York Natural Heritage Program in 1998 to coordinate a multi-year, statewide biodiversity inventory of New York State Parks. Since 2006, DJ has provided program direction and leads NYNHP in working with government and non-government partners to conserve NY’s biodiversity through land protection, stewardship, and helping them address issues like climate change, invasive species, and ecosystem health.