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Reed F. Noss, PhDPresident: Reed F. Noss, Ph.D.

Reed Noss is President of the Florida Institute for Conservation Science and Provost’s Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Central Florida, where he teaches conservation biology, ecosystems of Florida, field ornithology, and history of ecology. He has a B.S. in Education from the University of Dayton, an M.S. in Ecology from the University of Tennessee, and a Ph.D. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Florida. For most of his professional life he has worked in the southeastern United States, the Pacific Northwest, California, the Rocky Mountains, and several regions of Canada, with additional research projects in Latin America and other regions.

Dr. Noss has served as Editor-in-Chief of Conservation Biology and President of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is an Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He currently conducts research on vulnerability of species and ecosystems to sea-level rise; climate adaptation strategies; disturbance ecology; road ecology; ecosystem conservation; and changes in ecological processes and species assemblages along urban-rural-wildland gradients. He has nearly 300 publications, including seven books, and is rated as one of the 500 most highly cited authors in all fields. His latest book is Forgotten Grasslands of the South: Natural History and Conservation (Island Press, 2013). He is currently writing a book on disturbance ecology: Flames, Tempests, and Deluges: A Natural History of Disturbance.

Board Members

  • Reed F. Noss, Ph.D.
    President and Chief Scientist
    University of Central Florida
  • Dave Breininger
    Kennedy Space Center
  • Paul Gray, Ph.D.
    Audubon of Florida
  • Richard Hilsenbeck, Ph.D.
    The Nature Conservancy
  • Tom Hoctor, Ph.D.
    University of Florida
  • Hilary Swain, Ph.D.
    Archbold Biological Station

Regular Volunteer Staff

  • Myra Noss, B.S.
    Conservation Science, Inc.


Photo credits: Dr. Reed Noss except for the Fox Squirrel: Danielle Munim. FICS logo by Susan Trammell
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