Who We Are

Sarver Ecological, LLC provides custom ecological services to a variety of clients, including agencies, landscape architects, developers, and non-profit organizations. We specialize in wildlife, invasive plants, native pollinators, native plant design, and holistic ecological assessment and management.

Matt Sarver Owner of Sarver Ecological LLC Environmental Consulting

Matt Sarver


About Matt

Matthew Sarver is the owner/principal of Sarver Ecological, LLC. Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, cum laude, from Cornell University with a concentration in Neurobiology and Animal Behavior. He has more than 15 years of field experience in ecology, wildlife biology, botany, entomology, herpetology, and land management.

He has worked for state natural heritage programs in Pennsylvania and Maryland, searched for the Ivory-billed Woodpecker for Cornell and The Nature Conservancy in Arkansas, and traveled the world, from Borneo to Colombia, studying and documenting biodiversity.

Matt is an Ecological Society of America (ESA) Certified Senior Ecologist, and a member of ESA’s Mid-Atlantic Chapter and Applied Ecology Section. He is also the Delaware representative on the boards of the Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council and the Society for Ecological Restoration Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and an Elected Fellow of the Delmarva Ornithological Society.


A recognized leader in the Mid-Atlantic conservation community, Matt is deeply committed to protecting the region’s natural resources for future generations. During seven years of leadership with the Delmarva Ornithological Society (DOS), he has worked closely with state agencies and conservation nonprofits on numerous critical conservation and environmental issues.

Matt’s extensive biological work on habitats and plant communities throughout the region gives him a unique perspective on ecological design.


Ecological Society of America (Mid-Atlantic Chapter, and Applied Ecology) (2008 – Present)

Society for Ecological Restoration (Mid-Atlantic Chapter) (2009 – Present)

  • Board (2012 – Present)

  • Conference Planning Committee (2012 – Present)
  • Nominations Committee (2013 – Present)

Mid-Atlantic Invasive Plant Council (Life Member)

  • Board (2011 – Present)

Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Delaware Invasive Species Council

Board & Committee Service

Delaware Environmental Working Group (2012 – 2015)

Delmarva Ornithological Society

  • President (2011 – 2013)
  • Vice President (2009-2011)
  • 50th Anniversary Committee Chair (2012-2013)
  • Conservation Committee (2009 – 2013)
  • Conservation Committee Chair (2013 – Present)

2nd Delaware Breeding Bird Atlas Project

  • Technical Committee (2008 – 2013)
  • Publication Committee (2011 – 2013)

Delaware Nature Society

  • Land and Biodiversity Management Committee (2011 – Present)

Delaware DNREC HAC Eco-revitalization and Green Infrastructure Subcommittee (2015 – Present)

Christina Conservancy Board (2017 – Present)

Katie Bird, BS, MS (Candidate)

Wildlife Ecologist and GIS Specialist

About Katie

Katie is an avian ecologist with a complimentary background in entomology and insect ecology. She has experience in a variety of species monitoring techniques ranging from traditional methods, such as bird banding, point counting, vegetation surveying, and insect trapping. Katie is also familiar with new and evolving monitoring technologies, such as remote sensing using the Motus Wildlife Tracking Network and with NEXRAD weather radars.
In support of our field projects, Katie brings mapping skills using several GIS platforms and experience with a variety of data management and processing systems, including R programming. Katie’s background also includes work in nature education, volunteer coordination, social media management, and an undergraduate minor in Journalism.


Ms. Bird possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from University of Delaware in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She is currently completing a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology at University of Delaware, studying the movement ecology of Purple Martins within the region.


Delaware Ornithological Society
American Ornithological Society
The Wildlife Society

Sophie Phillips, BS, MEEP

Wildlife Ecologist & Communications Lead

About Sophie

Sophie has focused her work on environmental justice throughout the state of Delaware with an emphasis on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Over the past few years she has worked on expanding urban green space in Wilmington, Delaware and in Baltimore, Maryland in partnership with community groups. As Miss Delaware 2021 in the Miss America Organization, she worked with youth throughout the state on professional development. Through the creation of community gardens, she taught communities how to grow, harvest, and cook their own food.

Sophie has worked with a broad range of wildlife, from bats to monarch butterflies to sea scallops, and has experience with water quality monitoring, oyster reef and living shoreline creation. She is now a Delaware State Representative for the 18th District.


Ms. Phillips possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree with Distinction from the University of Delaware in Environmental and Marine Science, and a master’s degree from the University of Delaware in Energy and Environmental Policy (MEEP).


Delaware Ornithological Society
American Ornithological Society
The Wildlife Society

Collaborating Professionals

We work with a large network of professionals as required on our projects.

Christopher Heckscher

Dr. Christopher (Kitt) Heckscher

Dr. Christopher (Kitt) Heckscher is Associate Professor of Environmental Science & Ecology at Delaware State University and the Institutional Project Director of the NOAA EPP Environmental Cooperative Science Center at DSU.

His lab’s research includes the effect of sea level rise and climate change on coastal stopover sites for migratory birds, as well as long-term studies of the behavioral ecology and migratory connectivity of Catharusthrushes. Dr. Heckscher is also an expert on the inventory and conservation of rare terrestrial and wetland-associated invertebrates especially Lampyridae (fireflies), Odonata (damselflies and dragonflies), and Lepidoptera (butterflies, skippers, moths [esp. Catocalaand Papaipema]). He has extensive experience in zoological assessments of Mid-Atlantic natural areas and in conducting field research specifically aimed at providing data for informed land management decisions.

Previously, he served as Delaware’s State Zoologist for 12 years for The Nature Conservancy and Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife, where he initiated, developed, and maintained the Delaware state zoological database and conducted field inventories of rare species. Kitt also has 9 years of experience as a zoologist for The Nature Conservancy.