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Drew Rayburn

Director of Conservation Science and Planning, Colorado

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Areas of Expertise

Biodiversity conservation, landscape ecology, spatial analysis, habitat restoration




Drew Rayburn is the Director of Conservation Science and Planning for The Nature Conservancy in Colorado, where he leads the Conservation Science & Planning Team. His current projects focus on climate resiliency planning, conservation prioritization, and the climate mitigation potential of Colorado’s natural and working lands. He joined TNC in early 2020, prior to which he was the Natural Resources Supervisor for Jefferson County Open Space. In his career, Drew has worked on applied conservation challenges in academic, nonprofit, government, and private sectors.

He has an M.S. in Landscape Ecology from Iowa State University, and a Ph.D. in Spatial Ecology from Utah State University. He is also a Certified Ecological Restoration Practitioner through the Society for Ecological Restoration, and an active member of the International Association of Landscape Ecology. He enjoys biking, running, skiing, gardening with native plants, and hiking with his wife and two young dogs.

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