Ted Toombs

Conservation Scientist and Manager, Habitat Markets

Areas of expertise: conservation science, habitat markets, grassland-shrubland ecology and wildlife, conservation banking, endangered species, Safe Harbor, Farm Bill


Ted Toombs is a scientist and manager for EDF's habitat markets work in Colorado, where he collaborates with farmers and ranchers to develop markets that improve agriculture, wildlife, and ecosystem health. In this role, Ted provides technical assistance to landowners, land owner groups, and land managers interested in maintaining or restoring habitats for threatened species.



  • B.S., Psychology, University of Illinois
  • M.S., Rangeland Ecosystem Science, Colorado State University


  • “Guest Associate” of Colorado State University’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Society For Range Management
  • Formerly, Tri-national Grasslands Conservation Strategy Team, Commission For Environmental Cooperation (2001-02)


  • Toombs, T. P. 2011. Rangeland ecosystem services, risk management, and the ranch bottom line. Rangelands October:(In press).
  • Goldstein, J. H., C. K. Presnall, L. Lopez-Hoffman, G. P. Nabhan, R. L. Knight, G. B.Ruyle, and T. P. Toombs. 2011. Beef and beyond: paying for ecosystem services on US rangelands. Rangelands October: (In press).
  • Toombs, T. and C. Collett. 2011. Development and wildlife conservation can co-exist. Op-ed Cedar City Utah.
  • Knight, K. B., T. P. Toombs, and J. D. Derner. 2011. Cross-fencing on private US rangelands: financial costs and producer risks. Rangelands April:41-44.
  • Toombs, T. P., J. D. Derner, D. J. Augustine, B. Krueger, and S. Gallagher. 2010. Managing for biodiversity and wildlife: a scale-dependent approach for promoting vegetation heterogeneity in western Great Plains grasslands. Rangelands June:10-15.
  • Toombs, Theodore P. and Roberts, Martha G. 2009. Are Natural Resources Conservation Range Management Investments Working at Cross-Purposes With Wildlife Habitat Goals on Western United States Rangelands? Rangeland Ecology & Management 62:351-355.
  • Steele, A., Toombs, T. and Karpinski, A. 2009. Bountiful Conservation: A guide to Colorado products and services from conserved lands.Environmental Defense Fund and Tax Credit Connection, Inc.
  • Toombs, T. P. and M. G. Roberts. 2008. Are Wyoming Range Practices Working at Cross-purposes with Wildlife Habitat Goals?: An analysis of NRCS program and practice expenditures related to grassland priority bird species, 2004-2007. Environmental Defense Fund Report 21pp. [PDF]
  • Augustine, D. J., M. R. Matchett, T. P. Toombs, J. F. Cully Jr., T. L. Johnson, and J. G. Sidle. 2008. Spatiotemporal dynamics of black-tailed prairie dog colonies affected by plague. Landscape Ecology:23:255-267.
  • Toombs, T. P. 2007. Utah Prairie Dog Habitat Evaluation Guide. Environmental Defense Fund and USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. 14pp. [PDF]
  • Roberts, M. G., T. D. Male, and T. P. Toombs. 2007. Potential impacts of biofuels expansion on natural resources: a case study of the Ogallala aquifer region. Environmental Defense Report. 10pp.
  • Toombs, T. 2006. Landowners are critical to saving rare species. Colorado Springs Gazette Op-ed. October 14.
  • Co-author, "Improving the Scientific Integrity of Nontechnical Publications," Rangelands, 28:5, October 2006.
  • "Habitat Restoration for the Threatened Utah Prairie Dog on a Private Ranch (Utah)," Ecological Restoration, 24:3, September 2006. Abstract 185.
  • "Safe Harbor: Helping Landowners Help Endangered Species," Rangelands, 27:1, February 2005.
  • Co-author, Grasslands: Toward a North American Conservation Strategy [PDF] (Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 2003)
  • Stewardship Resource Guide For Colorado (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 2003)
  • Stewardship Resource Guide For Nebraska (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 2003)
  • Sharing Your Land With Shortgrass Prairie Birds (Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory, 2001)


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