© Tejon Ranch Conservancy 2013
Michael White, Ph.D, Conservation 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.