Originally from California's Great Central Valley, I joined Point Blue as a volunteer at the Palomarin Field Station in 1993 and have worked on a wide array of Point Blue projects in many roles since then, from the tidalmarshes of San Francisco Bay to the riparian forests along the Sacramento River to the elephant seal colonies on the Farallon Islands.  

As Director of the Pacific Coast and Central Valley Group, Point Blues largest Group, I am responsible for a 2-2.5 million dollar annual budget, over 25 projects, and 20 full time staff.  As a practicing conservation scientist, I have published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, had several editoral and associate-editor appointments, and have given many invited presentations.  My research interests are broad and include ecological restoration, evaluting climate change impacts on wildlife, migratory ecology, and conservation of at-risk species.  I am dedicated to inspiring others to understand the natural world and to training the next generation of conservation scientists.

I live in West Marin County with my wife, and work primarily from the Palomarin Field Station. My favorite hobbies are cooking, surfing, and bird watching.

Selected Publications (full list available upon request)

Wiens, J.A., and T. Gardali.  In press. Conservation reliance among California's at-risk birds.  The Condor.

Dybala, K.E., T. Gardali, and J.M. Eadie.  2013.  Dependent vs. independent survival: contrasting drivers of variation and the buffering effect of parental care. Ecology.

Dybala, K.E., J.M. Eadie, T. Gardali, N.E. Seavy, M.P. Herzog. 2013. Mismatches in the projected effects of climate change on adult and juvenile survival in a Song Sparrow (Melospiza melodia) population. Global Change Biology.

Cormier, R.L., D. Humple, T. Gardali, and N.E. Seavy. 2013. Light-level geolocaters reveal strong migratory connectivity and within winter movements for a coastal California Swainson’s Thrush population. The Auk.

Jongsomjit, D., Stralberg, D., Gardali, T., Salas, L., Wiens, J., 2013. Between a rock and a hard place: the impacts of climate change and housing development on breeding birds in California. Landscape Ecology 28:187–200.

Gardali, T., R. DiGaudio, N.E. Seavy, and L. Comrack. 2012. A climate change vulnerability assessment of California’s at-risk birds. PLoS ONE 7: e29507.

Seavy, N. E., and T. Gardali. 2012. Developing a riparian bird index to communicate restoration success in Marin County, California. Ecological Restoration 30:157-160.

Gardali, T., and A.L. Holmes. 2011. Maximizing benefits from riparian revegetation efforts: local- and landscape-level determinants of avian response. Environmental Management 48:28-37.

Seavy, N.E., T. Gardali, G.H. Golet, F.T. Griggs, C.A. Howell, T.R. Kelsey, S. Small, J.H. Viers, J.F. Weigand. 2009. Why climate changes makes riparian restoration more important than ever: recommendations for practice and research. Ecological Restoration 27:330-338.

Shuford, W.D., and T. Gardali.  2008.  California Bird Species of Special Concern: a ranked assessment of species, subspecies, and distinct populations of birds of immediate conservation concern in California.  Studies of Western Birds No. 1.