Jeffrey A. Lerner, Vice-president for Conservation Planning
November 8, 2013
Members of Terra Mar
Applied Sciences, LLC
J. Christopher Haney, Ph.D.
President and Founder
October 17, 2013
Jeffrey A. Lerner
Vice-president of Conservation Planning
November 8, 2013
Spencer R. Phillips, Ph.D.
Vice-president of Resource Economics
December 2, 2013
William A. Mackin, Ph.D.
Director of Island Conservation
April 13, 2017
Jeff started his conservation career working with birds of prey in the western U.S. on landscape scale projects sited on both public and private lands. He went on to work with Natural Heritage Programs across the U.S. and Canada, and he managed biodiversity information for the Central Science Division of The Nature Conservancy. As Director of Conservation Planning at Defenders of Wildlife, he led efforts to improve conservation planning across the entire U.S., its use in a policy context, and its application into decisions such as local land use planning, transportation infrastructure, public lands management, and agricultural conservation programs.
With many years of experience with endangered species conservation, Habitat Conservation Plans, and a national expert on the State Wildlife Action Plans, Jeff seeks to synthesize key information for problem solving in order to guide
conservation action using particular strengths with synthetic
projects. His project expertise has ranged across: restoration
and protection for Atlantic Coast tidal marshes affected by sea
level rise; development of a green infrastructure framework to
guide wind energy siting across the Midwest; the first ever
national summary of federal and state spending on land
conservation; development of a national meeting and expert
dialogue on integration of conservation planning with land use
planning; and proposal and project reviews for charitable giving
foundations having missions devoted to conservation and environmental protection.
Through his wide experience, Jeff has developed broad subject matter expertise in natural resources policy, science, funding programs, wildlife conservation practice, habitat conservation planning, and sustainable development. His technical skills include program development, team supervision, project management, field research, database management, facility with GIS, partnership building, program evaluation, grants and contracts management, and fundraising. Jeff holds a Master’s of Science in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland as well as a Bachelor’s in Zoology from Ohio Wesleyan University. He recently served as a senior advisor and project manager for The Conservation Fund pioneering work in the area of climate change adaptation. Jeff currently serves as vice-president of conservation programs at American Forests.