Keynote Speaker

Completing a Nationwide Habitat
Conservation System

Dr. Mark L. Shaffer
National Climate Change Policy Advisor
US Fish and Wildlife Service

Tuesday, August 23, 2011
noon - 1:30pm
Grand III

Mark L. Shaffer

ICOET is honored to welcome Dr. Mark Shaffer to provide the keynote remarks for our 2011 conference. An abstract of the address is available.

Mark serves as the national climate change policy advisor for the US Fish and Wildlife Service. A key focus of his position is the development of the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, an agreement among major conservation interests that will provide a unified approach – reflecting shared principles and science-based practices – for reducing the impacts of climate change on fish, wildlife, plants, habitats, and associated ecological processes across geographic scales.

Mark is a biodiversity conservationist with extensive experience in population viability analysis, conservation biology, resource economics and environmental philanthropy.  Prior to his current work with FWS, Mark held leadership positions at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and with Defenders of Wildlife. As program director for the environment at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Mark provided strategic direction for the investment of nearly $100 million in land conservation projects and promoting the implementation of state wildlife action plans. All told, the Foundation’s investments have assisted in the conservation of nearly 2 million acres of high priority habitat nation-wide. As senior vice president of programs for Defenders of Wildlife, Mark provided direction, oversight, and administration of the organization’s species, habitat, and legal work, while managing a regional staff in eight states. Mark has also worked with other major conservation organizations The Nature Conservancy, The Wilderness Society, and in an earlier role at the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

Mark received a bachelor of science degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from Duke University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. His doctoral research on grizzly bears helped to pioneer population viability analysis in conservation biology. Mark has also served as a consultant for federal and state agencies on various endangered species issues.

Join us in welcoming Dr. Mark Shaffer to ICOET at the Keynote Luncheon on Tuesday, August 23, 2011.

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