Gwen White assumed duties as the Science Coordinator for the Eastern Tallgrass Prairie & Big Rivers LCC in October 2012, facilitating development of science to support on-the-ground landscape-level strategic habitat conservation through practical cooperative community actions in a predominantly agricultural landscape across the cornbelt plains.
White brings 23 years of governmental, academic and corporate experience to the position. Most recently, White worked as a communications specialist for DJ Case and Associates supporting collaborative partnerships between natural resources agencies and organizations. Previously, she held several positions with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources focusing on fisheries, invasive species, watershed management, and resource regulations. She is nearing completion of Udall Certification in Environmental Collaboration through the U.S. Institute of Environmental Conflict Resolution.
White has instructed courses in conservation biology, environmental science, zoology, ichthyology and limnology as a visiting professor at six universities in three states. A certified fisheries scientist, White has earned numerous accolades for her regional and national activities with the American Fisheries Society, including the AFS prestigious Distinguished Service Award and Past President of the North Central Division.
White earned her PhD in conservation biology with an emphasis on urban conservation and land use planning from the University of Minnesota and a master’s of science in zoology studying mantis shrimp behavior and subtropical marine ecology at the University of Maryland. White also served with the U.S. Peace Corps aquaculture program in Honduras. She grew up at the edge of the Flint Hills in Kansas and currently lives on the other end of the ETPBR LCC in Indianapolis, where she is a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a backyard chicken farmer.
The Eastern Tallgrass Prairie and Big Rivers Landscape Conservation Cooperative (LCC) is dedicated to addressing the conservation challenges of a heavily agricultural landscape that stretches across 11 states in the nation’s heartland from southwest Ohio westward across to parts of eastern Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska and northward into segments of Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota. For more information, visit http://www.tallgrassprairielcc.org.