Matthew Cimitile is a communications specialist working directly with the Appalachian Mountains Joint Venture and USFWS Appalachian LCC. Matthew began work with the AMJV and ALCC in 2012. Prior to joining the team, Matthew worked for the USGS St. Petersburg Coastal and Marine Science Center as a writer and multimedia specialist. In this role he produced press releases, feature articles, online content, and helped develop a video podcast series that went on to win a USGS Shoemaker Award in audio and visual communications. During his time at Michigan State, Matthew interned with The Nature Conservancy, Environmental Health News, and was part of the initial team that started the environmental reporting website Great Lakes Echo.