Patrick Crist

Director of Conservation Planning and Ecosystem Management

Dr. Patrick Crist oversees a variety of programs including conservation planning, the EBM Tools Network, and the NatureServe Vista decision support software.  His work includes development of methods and toolkits to fit organizations planning needs and works with clients and partners to conduct ecological assessments and integrated planning for areas ranging from local government jurisdictions to large regions. Specific to climate change, Dr. Crist led development of the Refuge Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation guidance for the USFWS and has conducted vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning for areas as diverse as coastal areas in northern California, Texas, South Carolina, and Virginia; and interior west areas in the Mojave Desert and the Colombia Basin. He previously worked as a landscape architect and national coordinator for the USGS Gap Analysis Program and brings unique breadth and sense of scale to his work.


NatureServe is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to provide the scientific basis for effective conservation action. NatureServe and its network of natural heritage programs and conservation data centers are the leading source for information about rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems.