NorthStar Employee

Matt Rogers

Title: Assistant Biologist

In addition to Mr. Rogers’ expertise in identifying western birds and fish, he has strong field identification skills regarding reptiles (including western pond turtle and giant garter snake), amphibians, mammals, insects, and plants and trees occurring throughout California.

Mr. Rogers graduated from CSU, Chico in 2008 majoring in Biological Sciences, focusing his course work on organismal biology. For the past 8 years Mr. Rogers has worked with a variety of public and private entities conducting biological surveys across the western United States, with particular emphasis on riparian systems. Mr. Rogers has conducted protocol-level surveys and habitat assessments for a variety of species, including both state and federally listed species like, Yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus occidentalis), spring-run and winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), Central Valley steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), Valley elderberry longhorn beetle (Desmocerus californicus dimorphus), and California red-legged frog (Rana draytonii). He has extensive experience conducting a variety of bird surveys including call-playback, point counts, and area searches. He is adept at identifying western bird species by both sight and sound.

Much of his work experience has been tied to various California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) projects in the northern Central Valley associated with anadromous fish species. These projects have included: spring-run and fall-run Chinook salmon carcass surveys, spring-run Chinook salmon snorkel surveys, remote monitoring of Butte Creek using a VAKI Riverwatcher, juvenile salmonid trapping, and Central Valley steelhead redd surveys. Through these projects he has gained experience with sampling techniques like backpack electro-fishing and seine netting, as well as habitat assessments including measuring flow, dissolved oxygen, alkalinity, salinity, turbidity, gradient, pH, and conductivity. He has experience training staff in fish identification, proper handling techniques, sampling methods, and data collection and analysis techniques.