Grand Canyon National Park
Todd Chaudhry was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Duke University where he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences and Policy in 1997. As an undergraduate, he was awarded the Bookhout Research Scholarship, studied abroad for a semester in Australia through the School for International Training, and was a National Science Foundation intern on a fire ecology study in southern California through Pomona College. Upon graduation, Todd worked for a summer as a biological sciences technician on a coyote-sheep depredation study in northern Utah through Utah State University.
He accepted his first permanent job in 1998 as an environmental protection specialist with the EPA's Region 8 Brownfields Program in Denver, Colorado. He transferred to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Red Bluff, California in 2001. He served for over two years as a fish and wildlife biologist and conducted Endangered Species Act section 7 consultations on federal land management projects in northern California, oversaw watershed restoration projects through the Jobs-in-the-Woods program, and provided SCUBA diving support for FWS's fisheries program. In order to further pursue his interest in disturbance ecology and applied conservation biology, in 2003 Todd enrolled in graduate school at the University of Tasmania in Australia. His doctoral research focused on providing the first quantitative description of the buttongrass moorland avifauna and investigating responses to post-fire succession, primarily to help guide fire and conservation management within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Todd returned to the U.S. in 2009 to serve as the Eastern Washington Forests Program Manager with the Nature Conservancy in Wenatchee, Washington. He joined the National Park Service in November 2010 as the Watershed Stewardship Program Manager for Grand Canyon National Park. He currently resides in Flagstaff, Arizona.