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Gary Machlis

USDOI Strategic Sciences Group
co-Leader
US Dept. of Interior
In September 2009, Gary Machlis was appointed the first Science Advisor to the Director for the National Park Service. He is playing a key role in advancing science within the NPS, advising the NPS director on science policy and programs, and working with the Department of the Interior leadership, NPS managers and stakeholders as well as the scientific community. Machlis received his B.S. and M.S. in forestry at the University of Washington, and his Ph.D. in human ecology at Yale University. He is Professor of Conservation at the University of Idaho, where he has taught courses in protected area management, human ecology, and science policy since 1979. From 1995-2003 he served as the NPS Visiting Chief Social Scientist, and from 1998-2006 as the National Coordinator of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Network. Machlis has worked internationally on a range of complex ecological issues—including giant panda conservation in China, wildlife management in Kenya, climate change and its consequences for Asian urban centers, tourism impacts in the Galapagos archipelago and the ecology of warfare. Dr. Machlis currently is leads the Department of the Interior Strategic Science Working Group that is developing science-based scenarios for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Gary is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s (AAAS) and a member of its National Committee on Opportunities for Women and Minorities in Science.