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.
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.
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