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Doug Pearsall, Ph.D.

Senior Conservation Scientist, Midwest

Lansing, MI

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Areas of Expertise

Biodiversity, Coastal Wetlands, Conservation Planning, Forest Ecology, Great Lakes

Media Contact

Ryan Hermes
ph. (517) 999-7745


Doug joined The Nature Conservancy in 1995. As a senior conservation scientist on the Midwest Division’s Strategy, Measures and Science Team, Doug supports several conservation strategies for the division including coastal areas, regenerative agriculture and the Northwoods. He is a co-leader of the Saginaw Bay Monitoring Consortium, a multi-agency partnership that recently launched a coordinated water quality monitoring framework for Saginaw Bay and its tributaries. He is a trained conservation coach and serves on the core team of the North American Regional Network of the Global Conservation Coaches Network, an international organization applying, promoting and advancing the Conservation Standards. As a conservation coach, he assists Midwest Division teams in implementing Conservation by Design by updating their strategies to be more inclusive, equitable and effective.

Doug co-led the development of biodiversity conservation strategies for Lake Michigan and Lake Erie and contributed to similar strategies for each of the other Great Lakes. He also managed the development of the coastal wetland issue for the Blue Accounting initiative—working closely with the Great Lakes Coastal Assembly—developing metrics and progress dashboards to support more effective conservation of coastal wetlands. Doug earned a Ph.D. and an M.S. in natural resource management from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in environmental and forest biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking and puzzles.

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