The National Park Service (NPS) has appointed Dr. Gary Machlis to be the first Science Advisor to the Director. As Science Advisor, Machlis will play a key role in advancing science within NPS and advising the Director on science policy and programs. He will also help assure that the best science is used to address the complex challenges facing NPS.

Machlis received his Ph.D. in human ecology at Yale University and is a Professor of Conservation at the University of Idaho. He has served as the NPS Visiting Chief Social Scientist and as the National Coordinator of the Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (CESU) Network. Machlis has written several books on conservation and his recent research has been published in journals such as Conservation Biology and BioScience (published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences).


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