My profile

I’m a conservationist with a deep commitment to interdisciplinary thinking and action. My career has focused on protecting the world’s place-based cultural and natural heritage by encouraging researchers and practitioners from the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to work together. In addition, I have pursued a parallel career as an independent researcher exploring the connections between biological, cultural, and linguistic diversity.

My experience

I recently stepped down after 27 years with the George Wright Society, the last 19 as Executive Director. The GWS is a nonprofit, interdisciplinary  professional association supporting research, resource management, and educational functions of parks, protected areas, and cultural sites. I oversaw all aspects of the organization, including editing and producing  the GWS’s professional journal, The George Wright Forum.


In my parallel work on diversity, a colleague and I have created two well-regarded indices of global biocultural and linguistic diversity.

I have published extensively, with over a dozen books and more than fifty chapters/articles, most of them peer reviewed.

Strengths and qualities

> Comprehensive knowledge of the US National Park Service and the National Park System.

> Solid grasp of international protected area conservation situation and issues.

> Fluency in all areas of conservation, both cultural and natural heritage.

> Cultural sensitivity gained from  collaborative work with Indigenous people and other groups under-represented in public land policy.

> Commitment to interdisciplinary thinking.

> Work ethic dedicated to serving clients with highest standards of quality.

What you can expect from me

> Integrative thinking that produces insights by crossing disciplines.

> Close attention to your needs and goals.

> Flexibility to work within your budget.

> Professional results, every time, on time.

Find out more by exploring the menu links above. You can also view or download my CV here.

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1-906-281-3984   |   dhec@davidharmon.us