M. BLAKE HENKE received his M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University in 1996 and his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia in 1990 (with a minor in Environmental Science). His professional career has been focused on Environmental Consulting and Management — touching on hazardous waste sites remediation (Superfund and RCRA), soil and water sample management and testing (for organic and inorganic analyses), toxic substances control and compliance, environmental technology development and transfer, environmental technical writing and editing, and (for the last twenty years) on wildlife biotelemetry technologies development, sales, and marketing.
As the Director of the UMBC Center for Conservation Research and Technology (CCRT), Mr. Henke directed a multi-million dollar research and development effort to design, develop, and demonstrate wildlife tracking and monitoring technologies (for application primarily to birds) for conservation and basic science applications. This is a role he continued with Earthspan, as Project Manager on a National Science Foundation grant to develop a new biotelemetry tag for small birds called the crossband transponder. All of that experience contributed to the formation (in 1999 with Dr. William S. Seegar) and growth of North Star Science and Technology, LLC, a world leader in wildlife tracking and monitoring technologies for both birds and terrestrial mammals. Mr. Henke continues to own and operate North Star, developing and marketing yet new and smaller tracking tags and collars (and ear tags) for birds and terrestrial mammals, and now harnessing drones for use in wildlife research and conservation.