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Dr. David J. Parsons

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Vice President

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Local Address:  Michigan , United States
The George Wright Society
ground deliveries 49445 US Hwy 41
Hancock , Michigan 49930
United States

Company Description: The GWS is a nonprofit association of researchers, managers, administrators, educators, and other professionals who work on behalf of the scientific and heritage...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • PhD
    Stanford University
  • BA
    University of California at Davis
  • Ph.D. , Plant Ecology
    Stanford University
  • Bachelors degree , Biological Sciences
    University of California at Davis
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Board of Directors and Staff | The George Wright Society :: Parks, Protected Areas, Cultural Sites, 3 Sept 2015 [cached]
David J. Parsons, Secretary
David J. Parsons
David Parsons is an Emeritus Scientist for both the National Park Service (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks) and the US Forest Service (Rocky Mountain Research Station). He was the founding Director of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. Located in Missoula, Montana, the Leopold Institute is an interagency program that provides leadership in the development and application of knowledge related to the diverse ecological and human values of wilderness and similarly protected areas. Prior to moving to the Leopold Institute David spent 21 years as a research scientist for the National Park Service at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks in California. In that position, he developed and coordinated research programs in the broad areas of visitor impacts, fire ecology and the effects of air pollution and climate change on park ecosystems. He is a plant ecologist by training, having received a BA from the University of California at Davis and a PhD from Stanford University. He is especially interested in applying his ecological training to the application of science to management and policy issues in support of parks, wilderness and other protected areas. He is widely published with over 130 published peer reviewed journal articles, book chapters, and book reviews.
From 2001-2006 David served on the Board of Directors of the George Wright Society and was the Co-Chair of the 2003 and 2005 GWS conferences. His current tenure on the Board began in 2011, serving as Chair of the 2013 GWS conference. He has also held leadership positions with the Ecological Society of America, serves as a member of the IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, and helped organize World Wilderness Congress's held in India, South Africa, Alaska and Mexico). His hobbies include most outdoor activities, but especially hiking, backpacking, and travel. He has lived and studied in Spain, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica. He currently resides in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.
David Parsons Returns to ..., 17 Oct 2015 [cached]
David Parsons Returns to Leopold Institute as Scientist Emeritus
The Leopold Institute extends a warm welcome to Dr. David Parsons as Scientist Emeritus. Dave was named Director of the Institute in 1994; a year after the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute was founded. Dave led the Institute for 17 years working with wilderness scientists and many partners to build an impressive body of research.
Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute Announcements, 2 July 2013 [cached]
RMRS presenters at the conference included Human Dimensions Science Program Manager Cindy Swanson and Leopold Institute's David Cole, Peter Landres, Carol Miller, James Tricker, and former Institute Director David Parsons (retired).
Project Coyote: About Us, 16 June 2015 [cached]
David R. Parsons, MS
David R. Parsons, MS David Parsons received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University and his Master of Science degree in Wildlife Ecology from Oregon State University. Dave is retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where from 1990-1999 he led the USFWS's effort to reintroduce the endangered Mexican gray wolf to portions of its former range in Arizona and New Mexico.
Dave's interests include the ecology and conservation of large carnivores, protection and conservation of biodiversity, and wildlands conservation at scales that fully support ecological and evolutionary processes. He is the vice-chairman and a science fellow of The Rewilding Institute (a conservation think tank) and is the Institute's Carnivore Conservation Biologist. Dave was a graduate advisor in the Environmental Studies Master of Arts Program at Prescott College, Arizona from 2002-Spring 2008. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and serves on several regional steering/advisory committees for organizations and coalitions advocating for wolf recovery and landscape-scale conservation in the Southwest.
In 2001, Dave was a co-recipient of the New Mexico Chapter of The Wildlife Society's annual "Professional Award. In April 2007 at the North American Wolf Conference, Dave received the 2006 "Alpha Award" for his "outstanding professional achievement and leadership toward the recovery of Mexican wolves. In May 2008 Dave received the "Outstanding Conservation Leadership Award" from the Wilburforce Foundation and the "Mike Seidman Memorial Award" from the Sky Island Alliance for his conservation achievements.
Dave is the owner of Parsons Biological Consulting, which provides technical services, information, and policy advice on matters relating to wildlife biology and ecology, and wildlife and wildlands conservation to conservation-minded clients. He enjoys wildlife viewing and wilderness backpacking and lives in Albuquerque, NM, with his wife, Noralyn.
Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time, 21 Oct 2014 [cached]
Dave Parsons, Wildlife Biologist After 21 years as a research biologist with the National Park Service and National Biological Survey at Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, David Parsons transferred to the U.S. Forest Service in 1994 to become director of the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute. Throughout his career he has coordinated development and oversight of interdisciplinary research teams to address topics such as the fire ecology of mixed conifer forests, recreation impacts in wilderness, and potential impacts of acidic deposition and climatic change on forest ecosystems and served in various roles as editor, reviewer and team member for professional societies and federal agencies. He has over 125 publications on topics related to plant and fire ecology and wilderness, park & protected area management. Most notably, he served as the first Mexican Wolf Recovery Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during reintroduction of wolves to the Apache National Forest beginning in 1998. He is now a wildlife biologist with the Rewilding Institute, which focuses on wildlife and wilderness protection.
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