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Erik Ndayishimiye

Associate Environmental Scientist
Resilient Landscapes Program
Historical Ecology
Urban Nature Lab

Erik is an Associate Environmental Scientist with the Resilient Landscapes program, where he focuses on urban ecology, historical ecology and other landscape scale conservation projects. He started his career in Rwanda where he assisted in research on payments for ecosystem services, and later worked on various aspects of conservation in the United States, including endangered species protection, urban forestry, land conservation, and community engagement. Prior to joining SFEI, he worked as a coordinator of urban wildlife programs at the National Wildlife Federation in the Washington DC area. He holds a BA in Biology from the University of Rwanda and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.

Related Projects, News, and Events

Delta Aquatic Resource Inventory (Project)

DARI is the Delta Aquatic Resources Inventory of surface waters, wetlands and other aquatic resources in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta). The goal of the DARI project is to develop a geospatial inventory of aquatic resources that will be used as a common base map for the Delta. A similar mapping approach used to create the California Aquatic Resource Inventory (CARI) will be applied to provide a map of the aquatic resources and their associated attributes.

Moffett Park Specific Plan Urban Ecology Technical Study (Project)

The City of Sunnyvale is incorporating urban biodiversity into its re-zoning the Moffett Park district, with the goal of creating a complete live-work community and ecological innovation district.

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City of Riverside Urban and Historical Ecology Case Study (Project)

This study focuses on a segment of the Santa Ana River Parkway in and around the City of Riverside, where multiple habitat restoration projects are underway.

East Palo Alto Urban Forest Master Plan (Project)

SFEI is partnering with the City of East Palo Alto, the non-profit urban forestry group Canopy, and Hort Science to develop an Urban Forest Master Plan for the city. The project is funded by the CalFire grant “From Gray to Green: An Urban Forest Master Plan for East Palo Alto.” This innovative plan will update the street tree inventory, create a revised tree removal permit policy, and evaluate the potential to improve ecosystem services, ecological resilience, and adaptation to climate change. Canopy will plant 100 trees at the end of the project in the city.


SFEI is collaborating with the IUCN to develop a guide on incorporating nature into the design of sports facilities and Olympic cities.

Sports and Urban Biodiversity (Project)

SFEI is collaborating with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) to create a guide to incorporating nature into the sports world, from the development of Olympic cities to the design and management of the many sport fields and pitches throughout the urban landscape. To do so we apply the Urban Biodiversity Framework developed in Making Nature’s City to the world of sports, with case studies drawn from athletic federations, sports teams, and Olympic cities around the world.