- College of Sciences/Field Stations
- San Diego State University
- mrahn@sciences .sdsu.edu
Dr. Matt Rahn has been working in ecology, environmental sciences and sustainability for over 15 years. In 1993, he began his career at the University of Nevada Reno, working on his B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology, while also working for the Nevada Biodiversity Initiative, and Biological Resources Research Center. This experience provided Dr. Rahn with a broad foundation in ecology and conservation throughout the western United States. Dr. Rahn has extensive experience in the design of wildlife, habitat, and ecosystem monitoring programs, with an emphasis on the identification of invasive species, the impacts on threatened or endangered species, and the development of appropriate management and mitigation programs. He has received training and expertise in a wide range of wildlife monitoring and survey techniques across multiple taxonomic groups; with particular emphasis on mammals, insects, herptofauna, aquatic organisms, and fish. He has designed and implemented large-scale research projects including behavioral, ecological, disturbance, and dispersal studies, with a strong foundation in research design and statistical analysis.
After moving to California in 2000, Dr. Rahn divided his time between the University of California, Davis and San Diego State University, working on his Ph.D. in a joint doctoral program in ecology and conservation. His research and education primarily focused on the interface between science and policy. Dr. Rahn conducted research in collaboration with environmental lawyers and ecologists on the design, implementation, and evaluation of multi-species habitat conservation plans, having spent several years studying and working in collaboration with faculty at the UC Davis School of Law, evaluating the Endangered Species Act and various aspects of conservation planning including the selection of covered species, the implications of invasive species, monitoring, and disaster planning. Since then, Dr. Rahn has supported various organizations and agencies on state and federal environmental programs, watershed management plans, and environmental impact reports. Dr. Rahn is also experienced with the interpretation and application of environmental laws, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, NEPA, and various applicable state laws (e.g. CEQA, NCCP). Currently, he is pursuing as J.D. at the University of San Diego, with an emphasis in environmental law and land use planning.
Dr. Rahn has been involved in sustainability issues throughout his career, with a recent emphasis on integrating sustainability and environmental ethics into an academic curriculum. Dr. Rahn has worked on developing and redesigning a wide array of courses, from introductory to graduate level courses in biology and environmental science. He also led the higher education curriculum committee for the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership, and is a member of the curriculum committee for the SDSU Environmental Sciences Program.
Finally, Dr. Rahn has worked as a consultant addressing a wide array of conservation and sustainability issues for clients such as the Imperial Irrigation District, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, San Diego County Water Authority, CalTrans, and CDF Firefighters. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the San Diego Regional Sustainability Partnership, and Director/Vice-President of the Elsinore-Murietta-Anza Resource Conservation District.
Currently, Dr. Rahn is serving as the Director for Development and Research with the San Diego State University Field Stations Program. Dr. Rahn provides strategic planning, development, and research support for the field stations. He directs the University’s in land use, facilities development, ecosystem management, and conservation planning issues.