I am the Provost's Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida and President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science. I have a B.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. I am recognized by ISI HIGHLYCITED.COM (Thomson Scientific) as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields during the most recent review decade (1993-2003). I have served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology (1993-1997), President of the Society for Conservation Biology (1999-2001), and President of the North American Section of the Society (2006-2008). I am an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. I have served on many boards and advisory panels, including the Board of Governors of the Society for Conservation Biology, the Board of Trustees of the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, and Florida’s Acquisition and Restoration Council. I was recently Vice-Chair of a Federal Advisory Committee for the U.S. Climate Change Science Program. My research involves the application of science to species-level and ecosystem-level conservation planning, restoration, and management. I am currently writing a book on southern grasslands, studying the effects of suburban and exurban development on bird communities, and leading a science-policy project on adaptation to sea-level rise in Florida.


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The Florida Institute for Conservation Science (FICS) is an independent, non-partisan, and non-sectarian think tank and research institute. We are not strictly academic; rather, we draw individuals from universities, non-governmental organizations, government agencies, consulting firms, industry, and elsewhere in the public and private sectors to address critical issues in conservation, restoration, land-use, and regional planning.