David N. Ewert


Ph.D. 1978 City University of New York
M.S. 1976 City University of New York
B.S. 1970 University of Michigan (Biology)


2001-present: Director of Conservation Science, Great Lakes program, The Nature Conservancy.

Articulate and implement science programs which advance protection of sites that support regionally significant species, communities and landscapes in the Great Lakes region by collaborating with scientists throughout the region. 

1985-2001: Director of Science and Stewardship, Michigan field office, The Nature Conservancy.

Manage system of 37 preserves. Direct and manage science and stewardship program. Conduct studies of flora and fauna, administer grant programs, supervise contract workers, volunteers, interns, and five staff members. Fundraise. Develop and oversee budget for program. Coordinate activities with federal, state and local governments, corporations, academic and research institutions.
Major initiatives:

1982-present: Associate Adjunct Professor, Central Michigan University.

Teach Conservation Biology (graduate level), serve on graduate student committees.

1983-1985: Director of Science and Stewardship, Iowa field office, The Nature Conservancy.

Manage system of 17 preserves in Iowa. Direct and manage science and stewardship program in Iowa. Develop and administer budget. Coordinate activities with government agencies, academic and corporate institutions. 
Major initiatives:

1982: Director, Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, Paradise, Michigan. 

Direct research programs, staff and oversee budget.

1978-1981: Temporary Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University.

Taught Conservation Biology, Introductory Biology, Ecology, Tropical Avian Ecology.


Grants received from Frank M. Chapman Memorial Fund, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, National Geographic Society, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, North American Loon Fund, Central Michigan University.


Approximately 20 technical publications (in American Midland Naturalist, Animal Behaviour, Auk, Biotropica, Condor, Jack-Pine Warbler, Proceedings Linnaean Society New York and others). Popular articles in several journals, especially Michigan Natural Resources Magazine.


Concentrated in Michigan, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela; other studies conducted throughout Central and South America and elsewhere in eastern North America.


American Ornithologists' Union, Cooper Ornithological Society, The Nature Conservancy, North American Loon Fund, Society of Conservation Biology.