Matt Gentry is PDE’s Shellfish Specialist. At PDE, his work is focused on the restoration of bivalve shellfish such as oysters and freshwater mussels, and the evaluation of their ecosystem services. He works extensively with propagation and reintroduction studies of freshwater mussels to support the Partnership’s Freshwater Mussel Recovery Program. Before coming to PDE in 2018, he worked as a staff scientist at The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.
Gentry spent most of his life in southeastern Connecticut, but moved to west Philadelphia for college in 2012, where he still happily resides. Gentry has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science in 2017 from Drexel University. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, foraging, gardening, and pretty much anything else outdoors.