John is responsible for developing site-based conservation strategies across the state, bringing the best available science to bear as we advance our conservation mission. In this capacity, he guides the Indiana Chapter’s efforts connected with scientific research, ecoregional and site-based planning, and large-scale restoration planning, including the 8,000-acre Efroymson Restoration at Kankakee Sands.
John also directs our statewide team of stewards and restoration ecologists who are responsible for managing over 35,000 acres of Indiana’s most valuable biological assets. Our stewards are on the ecological front lines battling invasive species, ecological disruptions, and all other threats that humanity throws at our sites.
He currently leads the Chapter’s assessment of restoration as a conservation strategy, focusing on approaches that restore the ecological attributes likely enhance ecological resilience. Many of these restorations focus on climate change adaptation strategies at Conservancy preserves, showcasing actions today that can improve our conservation success in tomorrow’s changing World.
Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy in 1993, John was a Research Scientist at Battelle Memorial Institute, focusing on aquatic resource issues throughout the eastern United States. Before that, he studied mosquito behavior at Ohio University, and then butterfly evolution and ecology at Ohio State. He’s been playing with butterflies ever since. For the last few years he has focused extensive attention on Belize, where he is documenting the butterfly fauna relative to specialized habitats and conservation areas.
Although not a professional priority, John has published over 40 peer reviewed scientific papers on a variety of topics, primarily focused on insect ecology and conservation, habitat management and ecological restoration. He has described new species of butterflies from the United States and Central America, and co-authored monographs detailing Ohio’s butterfly fauna and prairie restricted Lepidoptera. John serves on the current (and past) boards of several regional, national and international conservation and scientific societies.