Nick Deyo, MS — Restoration Designer

Nick joined the FPC team in September of 2013 as a Restoration Designer/Practitioner. Nick has a breadth of conservation and ecological design experience gained working in the western U.S. and abroad. He fell in love with the open spaces of the West while earning a degree in ecology from the University of Montana in Missoula, where he continued to work for the U.S. Forest Service's Fire Sciences Laboratory, investigating the role of fire in Rocky Mountain ecosystems. His other conservation experiences in the West included helping Five Valleys Land Trust design a strategic conservation plan for three million acres in northwestern Montana and working for Missoula County's Rural Initiatives program. With the county, he raised awareness by presenting the Missoula County Conservation Atlas to numerous community groups. Abroad, Nick served as a Peace Corps volunteer on the Pacific island of Samoa where he provided educational outreach for a marine protected area. As an instructor for the non-profit Ecology Project International, he led groups of local and US high school students as they patrolled one of the world's most important leatherback sea turtle nesting reserves in Costa Rica. Most recently, Nick worked as a Conservation Associate for the non-profit Sky Island Alliance in Tucson, Arizona. There, he coordinated biodiversity expeditions to little-studied sky island mountain ranges in Sonora, Mexico, managed a Spring Ecosystem Assessment Project in southeast Arizona, and implemented riparian and wetland restoration projects. Nick received a master's degree in landscape architecture from the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan in April, 2011. At the University of Michigan, Nick was recognized as a Peace Corps USA Fellow, a Wyss Scholar for the Conservation of the American West, and an Olmsted Scholar for sustainable design and planning. His graduate work focused on landscape design, conservation planning, and ecological restoration--skills he is excited to bring to FPC.