Director, Conservation Strategies
Areas of expertise: conservation biology, conservation of at-risk species, working effectively with private landowners, Safe Harbor, Farm Bill
David Wolfe is the director of Conservation Strategies at Environmental Defense Fund. He began his conservation career as a field ecologist with The Nature Conservancy in 1992 and he has since held a variety of conservation science, stewardship and management positions.
In 2000, David began working as a scientist with EDF to implement incentive-based programs for conservation of endangered species on private lands. This work involved the development and implementation of Safe Harbor and Farm Bill conservation programs to benefit endangered species, including the golden-cheeked warbler, black-capped vireo, Houston toad and ocelot.
David was chair of the science committee that participated in the development of the Fort Hood Recovery Credit System for the golden-cheeked warbler and he is currently taking a leadership role in the development of a habitat exchange for the lesser prairie-chicken. This has involved working with stakeholders from the energy, agriculture and conservation sectors to design the exchange and draft the regulatory documents supporting its operation.
David holds a B.S. and M.E. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Ecology from the University of Georgia.
Prior to joining EDF, David held positions as a Field Representative, Ecologist and Science Director for The Nature Conservancy in both Tennessee and Texas (1993-2000). These positions included: plant community identification and mapping, development of natural area management plans for Department of Defense installations, stewardship of TNC preserves (e.g., conducting prescribing burns, invasive plant removal, fence building, etc.), and management of TNC Texas science program and staff.
- B.S. and M.E., Agricultural Engineering, University of Florida.
- M.S., Ecology, University of Georgia.
Bezanson, D. and D.W. Wolfe. Conservation Priorities For Texas. A Guide to Ten Threatened Natural Areas in the Lone Star State. A Report Published by the Natural Area Preservation Association and Environmental Defense. August 2002. Austin, Texas.
Wilkins, R.N., D.W. Wolfe, L.S. Campbell, and S, Baggett. Development of Recovery Credit Systems as a New Policy Innovation for Threatened and Endangered Species. Paper presented at the 73rd North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference “Effective Conservation Through Partnerships”. March 2008. Phoenix, Arizona.
Wolfe, D.W. Endangered Species and Their Conservation. A presentation to environmental law students at the University of Texas Law School. January 2009. Austin, Texas.
Wolfe, D.W. Fort Hood Recovery Credit System. Paper presented at the National Ecosystem Markets Conference. June 2009. Portland, Oregon.
Wolfe, D.W. Endangered Species of the Southwest: Ecology and Conservation Status. A paper presented at a Continuing Legal Education Conference on Endangered Species. June 2010. Austin, Texas.
Wolfe, D.W. A Regulatory Approach for Incentivizing Participation in Candidate Species Conservation. A panel presentation at the National Ecosystem Markets Conference. June 2011. Madison, Wisconsin.
Wolfe, D.W. Habitat Credit Trading: A New Approach to Species Mitigation. A presentation to environmental law students at the University of Texas Law School. August 2011. Austin, Texas.
Wolfe, D.W. Fort Hood Recovery Credit System. Paper presented at the "Providing Environmental Services from Agriculture in a Budget Constrained Environments" Conference, Sponsored by the USDA Economic Research Service. April 2012. Washington D.C.
Wolfe, D.W., K.B. Hays, S.L. Farrell and S. Baggett. Regional Credit Market for Species Conservation: Developing the Fort Hood Recovery Credit System. Wildlife Society Bulletin. July 2012.
Wolfe, D.W. Habitat Exchanges: Next Generation Mitigation. A paper presented at a Continuing Legal Education Conference on Endangered Species. June 2014. Austin, Texas.