About us

A mission to accelerate and expand the impact of conservation with data & analytics

Considering the precision and power technology available today, and the magnitude of climate change and biodiversity loss, we see an urgent need to use data to reduce emissions, conserve habitat & balance the health of people and the planet.

And while we’re in many ways a technology company, we design ecological solutions that use technology, not the other way around. Unlike others who map forests as part of a broader portfolio, we focus solely on environmental mapping. Instead of advertising how our technologies could be used for conservation, for us, it’s the only application.


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David C. Marvin, Ph.D.

Co-founder & CEO

An expert in conservation policy, forest carbon mapping, and machine learning, Dave leads Salo’s business and analytics operations. After receiving his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from University of Michigan, he worked at the Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology and The Nature Conservancy (TNC).

During his Ph.D. he worked to predict the impacts of climate change on competition between trees and vines in tropical forests. After mapping fine-scale liana distributions with airborne data, he went on to compare national forest carbon mapping approaches.

At TNC, Dave led a comprehensive report that evaluated the potential for natural climate solutions to increase carbon sequestration and offset the state’s emissions. This work is now being used to guide California’s policies reducing emissions from natural and working lands.

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Christopher B. Anderson, Ph.D.

Co-founder & CTO

Chris leads Salo’s technical and visual design. He earned his Ph.D. in Biology at the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University. At Salo, he’s the resident expert in biodiversity mapping, plant physiology, and satellite image analysis.

He began his career at the Department of Global Ecology coordinating, collecting & processing data from international airborne ecology missions. These spanned nine deployments in five countries, where he worked to better understand and conserve unique forests in the Amazon and beyond. During his Ph.D. he developed an open source tree species mapping algorithm, which scored the highest accuracy in a data science competition, and is now working to better integrate satellite data into vector-borne disease and ecosystem services mapping efforts.

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Kyle Gertridge, J.D.

Head of Business Development & Partnerships

Kyle is a business-minded attorney with experience counseling high-growth technology companies in IP protection and monetization strategies. In addition to his responsibilities as Salo’s Head of Business Development & Partnerships, he’s crafting Salo’s IP and commercial strategy to help the company scale.

Prior to joining Salo, Kyle attended The Johns Hopkins University and UC Hastings College of the Law, was an associate at leading tech-focused law firm Gunderon Dettmer, and served as in-house counsel at live entertainment company AEG Presents and eCommerce startup Eaze.

Featured publications

Leveraging technology for conservation

Integrating technologies for scalable ecology and conservation
Global Ecology and Conservation
Biodiversity monitoring, earth observations and the ecology of scale
Ecology Letters
The CCB-ID approach to tree species mapping with airborne imaging spectroscopy

Forests and climate change in California

Toward a carbon neutral California: economic and climate benefits of land use interventions
Effects of 21st‐century climate, land use, and disturbances on ecosystem carbon balance in California
Global Change Biology
Ecosystem management and land conservation can substantially contribute to California’s climate mitigation goals
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Progressive forest canopy water loss during the 2012–2015 California drought
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

New perspectives on ecosystem services & biodiversity

Reimagining the potential of Earth observations for ecosystem service assessments
Science of the Total Environment
Nature and mental health: An ecosystem service perspective
Science Advances
Intensive farming drives long-term shifts in avian community composition

Mapping carbon stocks and flows

Spatially explicit analysis of field inventories for national forest carbon monitoring
Carbon balance and management
Amazonian landscapes and the bias in field studies of forest structure and biomass
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Targeted carbon conservation at national scales with high-resolution monitoring
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

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