Senior Director of Conservation Science
A Western Pennsylvania native, Charles studied ecology at the University of Wisconsin. He has broad experience in regional flora, fauna, ecosystems and conservation issues with a focus on rare and endangered species, natural communities and biodiversity conservation. He is a research associate at Carnegie Museum of Natural History in the Section of Invertebrate Zoology and serves on several state committees including the Governor’s Invasive Species Council and DCNR’s Ecosystem Management Advisory Committee.
Charles joined the Conservancy staff in 1981. After working for WPC at Bear Run Nature Reserve for one year and as director and zoologist, Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program for 23 years, in 2006 he became the senior director of conservation science, with the responsibility to support all WPC programs by applying science.