About Me

Charles Gifford Post

Charles Gifford Post is an ecologist, filmmaker, environmental brand consultant, member of the Ecological Society of America and National Fellow at The Explorers Club. His academic and field experience stemmed from a longstanding family tradition of conservation, with a particular influence by the works of American landscape painter, Sanford Robinson Gifford, Charles’ great (x4) uncle. Inspired by the natural world, Charles earned baccalaureate and graduate degrees at U.C. Berkeley where he was mentored by evolutionary ecologist, Dr. Stephanie Carlson, and later advised by the esteemed food web ecologist and National Academy of Sciences member, Dr. Mary Power. Since then, Charles has built a bridge between his ecological background and creative ventures through his award-winning films, widely published writing and photography, and consulting experience working with diverse clients ranging from Mountain Hardwear to Sitka Gear and Hipcamp.

Academic Background

University of California, Berkeley

College of Natural Resources

Mentor: Dr. Stephanie Carlson, Evolutionary Ecology and Conservation of Freshwater Fishes

B.S. Watershed Ecology
Received May 2011

University of California, Berkeley

Department of Integrative Biology

Advisor: Dr. Mary Power, Food Web Ecology

M.A. Ecology
Received December 2015


Community Outreach

Professional Memberships

The Explorers Club
Fellow National (18)

Ecological Society of America
(Aquatic Ecology Division, Canada Chapter)

Teaching Experience

• 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)


Select Field Research Experience

• 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.