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.
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.
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).
hobbies include most outdoor activities, but especially hiking, backpacking, and travel.
has lived and studied in Spain, Chile, Colombia and Costa Rica.
currently resides in the Bitterroot Valley of western Montana.