Cody Ender is an ecologist with over 9 years of experience in natural resource management, botanical surveys, and ecological research. She has been with Nomad Ecology since 2019, where she contributes her botanical expertise to floristic surveys, rare plant inventories, and rare plant population monitoring. She has also conducted post-fire monitoring, restoration monitoring, weed mapping, and vegetation mapping for various projects around the Bay Area. At Nomad Ms. Ender has taken the lead on spatial analysis projects with segmentation and classification software to map the distribution of rare plant species at a landscape-scale and quantify mortality and dieback of endemic manzanita species affected by climate change. She has also elevated Nomad’s capabilities for statistical analysis in studies related to post-fire research, multi-year rare plant monitoring, and accuracy assessments of vegetation mapping efforts.
Prior to joining Nomad, Ms. Ender worked on maintaining and expanding a 120-plus acre coastal dune restoration project in Point Reyes National Seashore and long-term monitoring of the Giacomini Wetlands, a 10-year-old, 500-acre restored wetland. She conducted rare plant surveys and annual monitoring for listed plant species, as well as pre- and post-restoration plant community monitoring and vegetation mapping in coastal dune, coastal scrub, grassland, and tidal wetland habitat. This work built her extensive experience with manual, mechanical and chemical removal of invasive species while protecting sensitive natural resources.
Ms. Ender received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from U.C. Berkeley, and a Master of Science degree in Biology from Sonoma State University. Her master’s thesis investigated the effects of tule elk reintroduction on a dominant grass invader, velvet grass (Holcus lanatus), and how these effects interacted with varying habitat types. She has also conducted research on soil microbial communities in restored and unrestored coastal dune ecosystems of Point Reyes National Seashore.