About us

With the incredible 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 of work, we focus solely on environmental mapping. Instead of advertising how our technologies could be used for conservation, for us, it's the only application.

The founders

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DAVID C. MARVIN, CEO

Dave leads Salo's business and analytics operations. After receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, he worked at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the Department of Global Ecology, then at The Nature Conservancy in California.

During his PhD. he led research to predict the impacts of climate change on competition between trees and vines in tropical forests. He was introduced to airborne and satellite remote sensing at Carnegie, where he started mapping fine-scale liana distributions with airborne data, then increased the scope of his work to compare national-scale forest carbon mapping approaches.

At TNC California, Dave led a comprehensive report that evaluated the potential for natural climate solutions, like avoiding forest loss and restoring riparian corridors, to increase carbon sequestration and offset the state’s carbon emissions. At Salo, he is the resident expert in conservation policy, forest carbon mapping & machine learning and is, in the opinion of the author, a very good person.

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CHRISTOPHER B. ANDERSON, CTO

Chris leads Salo's technical and editorial operations. He began his career at the Carnegie Institution for Science in the Department of Global Ecology with the Carnegie Spectranomics Project and the Carnegie Airborne Observatory. He is also pursuing his Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Biology Department and the Center for Conservation Biology, with connections to the Natural Capital Project.

A student of plant ecophysiology, he joined the Spectranomics team to analyze how genes and the environment interact to determine the expression of plant traits, like growth rates and defense strategies, as well as how to measure those traits with remote sensing. He then joined the Airborne Observatory team to coordinate, collect & process data from it’s airborne ecology missions, spanning nine deployments in five countries. They linked field and airborne trait measurements, mapping plant diversity in fine detail, then at unprecedented scales with satellite data to identify opportunities to conserve unique forests across the Amazon.

During his PhD. he developed an open source tree species mapping algorithm, which scored the highest accuracy in a data science competition. He's now working to better integrate satellite data into vector-borne disease and ecosystem services mapping efforts. At Salo, he is the resident expert in biodiversity mapping, plant physiology & satellite image analysis.

Featured publications by Salo scientists

Leveraging technology for conservation

Forests and climate change in California

New perspectives on ecosystem services

Mapping carbon stocks and flows

Where we work

Salo develops mapping and monitoring products using global technologies. Get involved to learn more about working together, wherever you are.