Craig Fergus is a spatial analyst and lab manager at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center, where he works for the Changing Landscapes Initiative and the Working Land and Seascapes Lab. His current research focuses on using GIS and other tools to examine the connections between landscape patterns and functioning ecosystems.
Craig received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife, fish and conservation biology from the University of California, Davis in 2008 and his master’s degree in biology from Central Washington University in 2012. His master’s research examined the landscape genetics of the American pika on either side of Interstate Highway 90 in Washington state, in preparation for a now complete wildlife crossing structure. Craig joined the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute as an intern and contractor before becoming a staff analyst in 2018.
Like many wildlife enthusiasts, Craig imagined he would be a field biologist and spent a full year with the U.S. Forest Service and California Fish and Game Department looking for goshawks, martins and salmon. However, in the off-season, he took a job mapping the locations of these threatened species and caught the GIS bug. He now applies that passion to a broad range of ecological questions in the landscapes of Virginia and around the world.