Patrick J. Crist, Ph.D. - Director of Conservation Planning

Patrick J. Crist, Ph.D., Director of Conservation PlanningDr. Crist, NatureServe’s Director of Conservation Planning, oversees conservation planning, the Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM) Tools Network, and the NatureServe Vista decision support software.  His work includes development of methods and toolkits to fit organizations’ planning needs, and working with clients and partners to conduct ecological assessments and integrated planning for areas ranging from local government jurisdictions to large regions.
From 1995 to 2000, Dr. Crist served as the National Program Coordinator for The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Gap Analysis Program (GAP,) a nationwide biodiversity assessment program. His career with GAP began as the New Mexico Coordinator. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture in 1984 from California Polytechnic State University – San Luis Obispo, a Master of Liberal Arts in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning in 1992 from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Natural Resources in 2003 from the University of Idaho.
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