Charles’s areas of expertise include GIS, GIS and 3D animation, conservation biology, online mapping, infrastructure, and extractives. He is currently the technical lead for projects focused on the innovative use of technology for conservation, including using 3D animations to illustrate impacts of planned development and Moabi, an online crowd-sourced mapping system to track and share information on drivers of deforestation.
As a GIS specialist working within WWF’s Conservation Science Program, Charles also works on the Coral Triangle Atlas, which aims to be the data warehouse for all spatial data relevant for management of natural resources and biodiversity in the Coral Triangle area. Charles has a BA from Johns Hopkins University where he majored in biology and economics and minored in computer science. He obtained his MA in conservation biology from Columbia University and did his thesis work studying hematology and blood biochemistry of sea turtles in Baja California Sur, Mexico.