Rickie White, a NatureServe Senior Ecologist and Research and Development Manager for Southeast Region, works closely with conservation partners and member programs with an emphasis on the Southeastern region of North America. He works to identify opportunities for the organization to fulfill its mission through project-based work. In addition, he manages key projects, including NatureServe’s National Fish and Wildlife Foundation-funded work on coastal resilience, and projects to identify the conservation value of SFI-certified forest lands in the Southeast United States.
In his 16 years with NatureServe, Rickie has helped lead development of an organization-wide observation data standard, served on the team that developed www.landscope.org , and led efforts with the National Park Service to classify and map vegetation in national park units across the United States. He holds an undergraduate degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Ecology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Rickie has more than 20 years of experience in applied aspects of conservation biology, plant ecology, and conservation planning. When not working on conservation issues, he enjoys gardening (with native plants, of course!), hiking, and traveling off the beaten path.