Charles Gifford Post
Charles Post is an ecologist, storyteller and filmmaker drawn to stories anchored to the confluence of society’s relationship with wild and rapidly changing natural environments.
After spending nearly a decade studying at U.C. Berkeley, Charles earned a B.S. and Master’s degree in ecology under the mentorship of Dr. Mary Power, which set him on a course to combine science, conservation and storytelling.
Drawn to wildlife and conservation stories of the American West, Charles has traveled from the heart of the Nevada desert to explore the ecological and political state of wild horses on public lands, to South Texas to tell a story about the ecological service hunting whitetail deer can provide a landscape devoid of apex predators, and the plains of Colorado to tell a story of the Ranchlands, a 4th generation ranching family shaping the future of range management in the West. In the coming year, Charles will focus his efforts around a film that explores the nexus of ranching, wolves and grizzly bears within the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem.
Charles’ work has come to life in many forms ranging from stories that explore culture like Foothills: The Unlinked Heritage of Snowboarding for Patagonia, to films that investigate environmental injustice such as the celebrated documentary Island Earth directed by Cyrus Sutton, to art directing Filson’s Fall2017 (Ranchlands) marketing campaign, and conservation and wildlife stories for National Geographic and Outside Magazine.
Charles calls Montana home.
• Field Biology, University of California, Berkeley (Fall, 2013)
• Field Biology, University of California, Berkeley (Spring, 2014)
• American Environmental History, University of California, Berkeley (Fall, 2014)
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• 2011 – 2014, 2016 – Field research assistant under NOAA fisheries biologist, Dave Rundio, during a biannual population study on steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) in Big Sur, California. Project supported by NOAA and NMFS.
• 2012-2015 – Master’s Thesis: Principal investigator on a four year research project to study the effects of hydrologic variability on American dipper (Cinclus mexicanus) foraging and food web impacts in Mendocino, Monterey and Inyo Counties. Project supported by U.C. Berkeley.
• 2013 – Head bird-bander and field team leader for a seasonal migratory songbird study in the central Utah desert. 457 birds were banded across 44 species. Project lead by Dr. Cagan Sekercioglu and supported by the University of Utah and National Geographic.
• 2012 – Research assistant under PhD candidate, Katie LaBarbera. We investigated dark-eyed junco (Junco hyemalis) morphology and genetics over elevational gradients in the Sierra Nevada. Project lead by Dr. Rauri Bowie and supported by the U.C. Berkeley and the National Science Foundation.
• 2010 – 2014 – Field research assistant for Dr. Mary Power’s Food Web Ecology Lab at U.C. Berkeley. Over the course of four years, I contributed to an ongoing study investigating food web linkages and how they are shaped by seasonal drought, flooding and algal proliferation. Project supported by U.C. Berkeley and the National Science Foundation.