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Michael White, Ph.D, Senior Fellow, Founding Science Director

Michael is an ecologist with expertise in conservation planning, environmental regulations, and ecosystem assessment, management, and restoration. He holds a B.A. in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California at San Diego, a Ph.D. from the San Diego State University and University of California, Davis Ecology Joint Doctoral Program, and is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Biology Department at San Diego State University. Mike spent 10-years in the private environmental consulting industry and the last 10-years as a Senior Ecologist and the San Diego Director of the nonprofit Conservation Biology Institute. During his career, Mike has worked on projects involving habitat conservation planning, environmental impact analyses and regulatory permitting, watershed assessment, aquatic and riparian habitat restoration, ecological risk assessment, and natural resources management and monitoring in a variety of ecosystems throughout the Southwestern U.S. and Pacific Rim. He has worked with various federal, state, and local governments and non-governmental organizations on a number of landscape-scale conservation plans, including San Diego County, the Lower Colorado River basin, Northern Sierra Nevada, Sonoran Desert, and California-Baja California border region. Mike has been involved with conservation-related issues at Tejon Ranch since 2003, and was a technical advisor to the environmental resource groups that negotiated the Tejon Ranch Conservation and Land Use Agreement.