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professional & advisory appointments

Mt. Maxwell dry summer scene 8 1993

Mount Maxwell Ecological Reserve, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia,

August 1993, photograph by Gordon Brent Ingram

Associate Dean for Environmental Projects and Sustainability and Associate Professor in Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia  2006 to 2008, with responsibilities including:

oco-facilitating of and providing administrative support for the campus-wide task on policy development for sustainability;

odevelopment of the university’s program for a nation-wide environmental monitoring program, NEON, including developing a program and site plan for a nature reserve on the Fairfax campus;

ocoordination of proposals for the development of a research and teaching facility on estuarine ecosystems at Belmont Bay, Virginia;

oparticipation in the university’s Middle East Research Group; and

oteaching in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy with the following graduate course developed and taught:

Ecological Design for Sustainable Communities;

Biodiversity Conservation, Local Communities and Sustainable Development;

Environmental Issues for the Twenty-First Century; and

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Biodiversity Conservation (including development of an associated research laboratory for geomatics for biodiversity conservation).

Associate Dean for Campus Development, Ras Al Khaimah (United Arab Emirates) and Associate Professor in Environmental Science and Policy, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia 2005 to early 2006, with responsibilities including:

opolicy development for its first international campus in the Middle East;

ocoordinating academics and curriculum transfer and development George Mason University’s Middle East campus including being Executive Secretary for the Working Group on Academic Programs at George Mason University with proposals for undergraduate, graduate and professional offerings in business, nursing, biology, electronic and computer engineering, environmental science and policy, geosciences and geomatics, fine arts, and education, and Arabic language, Islamic and Middle East Area studies;

ocampus planning extending to environmental planning and design and related issues of sustainability and access;

omonitoring, implementation and partial supervision of faculty hiring, facilities development including laboratories, academic programs such as advising and instructor evaluations, university life and equity programs;

oserving on the university’s Senior Management Committee;

oteaching in the Virginia-based, Department of Environmental Science and Policy with the following graduate course developed and taught:

Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for Biodiversity Conservation and

Ecological Design for Sustainable Communities; and

oco-development and coordination of a campus-wide seminar for 2006 & 2007, ‘Going Global: The ethics and politics of a George Mason University campus in the Middle East’.

Senior Urban Planner and Visiting Associate Professor, 2003 & 2004 with ongoing involvement, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning and Design, College of Architecture and Design, American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates developing and teaching two graduate courses:

  • Planning Theory and Methods and
  • Land Use Planning Principles and Practice

along with advising on aspects of environmental management, sustainability and social policy in the development of this major new centre for sustainability for the Middle East. An additional responsibility was to review budgetary and development needs along with research into potential funding sources.

Environmental Planner, 2001 to present, based in Vancouver working in side stream environmental design focused on the following projects:

·co-founder GOERT (Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team) 1999 to 2002, founding co-chair of its Conservation Planning & Site Protection Recovery Action Group. This work has been for the remaining habitats of the relatively dry, south-facing sites in the extreme south-west of Canada – in which I was born and raised. Because of growing pressures for urbanisation and the desirability of these sunny sites for development of affluent housing, there are now over 100 endangered species. There are a growing number of conflicts around threatened habitats, housing, and management of domestic gardens, city parks and remaining neighbourhood open space. My work has been to be the lead, in this federal / provincial / local government / nongovernmental task force, on spatial planning and development of conservation priorities combined with site planning and residential design guidelines;

·development of what was intended to be a five year project with a set of field-oriented courses as part of capacity-building in forest biodiversity conservation in Pakistan, linked to poverty alleviation, in cooperation with the Pakistan Forest Institute and WWF-Pakistan, Peshawar with development of a large report through research, field work, interviews, analysis of educational faculty and resources, budgetary analysis of educational institutions, and formulation of recommendations;

·survey and assessment of Moghal gardens and historic landscapes and neighbourhoods in the Punjab of Pakistan;

·completion of book manuscripts:

  • “Tradeoffs in Biodiversity Conservation” and
  • “At The Edge Of A Great Forest”; and

·projects on ecosystem management and restoration of private lands.

Senior Lecturer, 2001 & 2002, Restoration of Natural Systems Program, School of Environmental Studies, University of Victoria, Victoria, Canada, developing and teaching the course,

·Environmental Restoration 331: Urban Ecosystem Restoration

·with subsequent supervision of research on management and restoration of aboriginal food production landscapes in Garry oak ecosystems

Associate Professor, Universitair Hoofddocent with permanent contract, 1999 to 2001, International Institute for Aerospace Survey & Earth Sciences (ITC), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. As an environmental planner second in charge of a Division, my responsibilities focused on forest conservation as part of community development for students from developing countries on scholarship. The work took place in The Netherlands, Canada, China, Bangladesh, and Pakistan with the main responsibilities being development of postgraduate-level courses, supervision of research in remote areas, review of scientific literature and development of lectures and audiovisual presentations, management of budgets and personnel, analysis and writing reports, development of policy recommendations, building research networks, and organization of scientific meetings.

courses called “modules”

·Forest Degradation & Rehabilitation (2000)

·Research Preparedness (for M.Sc. thesis research) (2000)

·Forest Biodiversity Assessment & Conservation (2000)

regular lectures

·“Local biodiversity: Shifting biogeographies at the landscape level” & “Endemism, invasions & island biogeography” (for Biodiversity mapping & modelling)

·“Tradeoffs analysis in biodiversity conservation” (for Modelling land use alternatives)

working groups

·Conflict resolution

·Forest conservation and restoration (in early phase of formation)


·China, subtropical Yunnan province, 2000: forest biodiversity conservation geographic information systems linked to land use planning

·Bangladesh, Sundarban mangroves near the Bay of Bengal, 2000: remote sensing to detect forest loss and degradation linked to more site-specific management

·Pakistan, remaining dry forest, Salt Range in northern Punjab province, 2000: conservation planning for a national park comprising of larger fragments of forest based on satellite imagery, field work and assessment of local communities

Administrative Analyst (second in charge of the Department), 1998, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning – assisting the interim Chair, Peter Walker, in curriculum development for revised and expanded graduate and graduate programmes including

·working through a range of levels of department administration;

·reviewing and correcting unresolved personnel and budgetary problems (and conflicts);

·expansion of the archives of the Department and College of Environmental Design as part of increased research including supervision of the Thomas Dolliver Church Collection;

·development and coordination of an expanded lecture series; and

·teaching a seminar for graduate students in contemporary theoretical debates in landscape architecture and environmental planning.

Environmental Planner, 1994 to 1997, as consultant working in side stream environmental design for development and management of a wide range of projects involving ecological design, research, and policy. The focus was on design and planning of networks of parks and open space — and related conservation of habitat, visual, and heritage resources — along with assertion of criteria for ecological design and more socially viable public space as well as more public art. Projects mainly in British Columbia with some missions in New York City, Rome, and Brunei / Philippines.


Polling Agent in 1997 Federal Canadian election supervising polling station and counting of ballots for a high-density block in the Yaletown neighbourhood of Vancouver.

Parenting, 1994 – 1996 and part-time projects, often home-based, while caring for my baby daughter.

Assistant Professor, 1989 – 1994, The University of British Columbia, Landscape Architecture Program and Department of Forest Resources Management. The responsibilities included development and teaching of 6 undergraduate and graduate courses, supervision of students and other researchers including field work in remote areas, development and management of interdisciplinary teams (including in a computer laboratory for environmental management), building research networks, organization of scientific and other scholarly meetings, development of policy recommendations, obtaining funding for and managing innovative research projects on environmental planning and management, report writing, and photographic documentation.


·Wildland Recreation Site Planning (undergraduate)

·Open Space Planning (undergraduate)

·Visual Resources Management (undergraduate)

·Environmental Analysis for Site Planning (graduate)

·Landscape Ecology and Management (graduate)

·Seminars in landscape photographic documentation, environmental art, environmental planning theory (undergraduate)

·Forest and Land Use History (theory and methods of environmental, forest land use, and conservation planning; applied landscape ecology) (graduate)

development and management of field projects in



·the Sahel of Africa


·Coordinator for the Landscape Ecology Geographic Information Systems Laboratory. 1990 to 1994. PDF copy of 1991 progress report available: ingrams-landscape-ecology-gis-lab-at-ubc-2-1991-progress-report

·Member of committee on social aspects of Forestry, Department of Forest Resources Management, 1989 and 1990.

·Principal organizer of Faculty of Forestry-sponsored symposium, “Landscape approaches to landscape and ecosystem management”, UBC, May 1990.

·Member of the Faculty of Agriculture Committee on an Environmental Studies Degree Programme, early 1991.

·Research Associate, Centre for Southeast Asian Research, University of British Columbia, 1991 to 1994.

·Coordinator of international exchanges, Landscape Architecture Program, UBC. 1992 and 1993.

·Member of the UBC Faculty Association Ad Hoc Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues and Member of the UBC Lesbian and Gay Studies Group, 1991 to 1994.

The position did not become permanent and the lab and courses were largely phased out by 1994-95.

Lecturer, 1989, Environmental Studies Board, University of California at Santa Cruz.

undergraduate courses

·The Idea of Planning

·Environmental Assessment

Environmental Planner, 1988 – 1989, with research projects, related to dissertation research, for WWF-Australia and University of California on forest conservation planning for small islands in the Pacific Rim.

Research Associate, 1988, Environment and Policy Institute, East-West Center, Honolulu in the Workshop on Biological Diversity and National Parks, 1987 & in the Workshop on Social Forestry in the Pacific Rim.

Environmental Planner / Ecologist, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) based in Rome with numerous missions in Europe, the Sahel countries of west Africa, Yemen and Indonesia, with the principal responsibilities being field research in remote areas often in difficult conditions with civil instability, development and management of interdisciplinary teams, building research networks and related diplomacy, organization of scientific meetings, development of policy recommendations, analysis and report compilation, development of training and orientation sessions for field researchers and national counterparts, and photographic documentation focused on the following projects:

·development and management field studies with ecogeographical surveying for wild relatives of crops along with species with fibre, forage and medicinal genetic resources with numerous missions;

·policy analysis (partially based on scientific reviews) for further development of programs of protected areas and other forms of in situ conservation for wild plant genetic resources (sometimes involving park status);

·policy analysis (partially based on scientific reviews) of theory and status of management of traditional agricultural landscapes (often involving park status);

·development of data base and geographic information systems protocols;

·member of the Ad hoc Committee on the In situ Conservation of Plant Genetic Resources of the Ecosystem Conservation Group of the UN technical organizations with IUCN and the CGIAR (1984 to 1986) with meetings in Rome, Paris and Geneva with liaison meetings in Washington and London. Participation was through the Food and Agriculture Organization with research funding from the CGIAR; and

·liaising with other United Nations agencies particularly UNESCO & UN Environment Programme, World Conservation Monitoring Centre, The World Conservation Union (IUCN), WWF, and the US Department of Agriculture.

Reserve Designer / Environmental Planner, The Nature Conservancy, California Field Office, 1983, for the following endangered plants and habitats:

·Engelman oak, Quercus Engelmanii, woodland, vernal pools, riparian forest, and over ten endangered species in the Santa Rosa Mountains of the Santa Rosa Mountains;

·palm oasis, Washingtonia filifera, ecosystems and several endangered desert species including the endangered lizard, Uma inornata, in the Coachella Valley; and

·the habitats of over ten endangered plant species including the few remaining natural groves of Monterey pine, Pinus radiata

·with responsibilities including

·review of scientific and legal material on these species and ecosystems;

·assessment of economic context and development pressures;

·development of strategies for combining conservation with economic development; and

·development of advisory reports with maps on key issues and sites along with conservation planning concepts related to often expensive parcels of land.

Teaching Assistant, 1982, University of California, Berkeley.


Ecological Analysis in Landscape Design.

Adjunct faculty, 1981 and 1982, Ecosystems Management Program, Antioch College (San Francisco campus)


·Ecosystem Assessment (graduate)

·Wildland Preservation and Management (undergraduate)

·Environmental Impact Analysis (graduate)

·Habitat Protection and Restoration (undergraduate)

·Environmental Systems Design and Management (graduate)

·Environmental Photographic Documentation (undergraduate)

·Undergraduate and graduate advising including supervision of study plans, supervision bachelor degree projects, and M.A. and M.Sc. theses.

Land Use Planner / Habitat Protection Biologist on contract to the Ecological Reserves Unit, Ministry of Lands, Parks and Housing, Province of British Columbia, 1979 – 1980, with the following responsibilities:

·reviewing and assessing the terms of the 1971 provincial Ecological Reserves Act,

·field surveys of a number of hastily established ecological reserves;

·assessment of initial biological diversity and landscape conservation goals in the design and formalisation of the protected area boundaries – including designs that were causing management problems;

·analysis of condition of ecosystems and species with some initial mapping;

·development and proposing of first longer-term protection, management and restoration goals for those ecological reserves; and

·outlining the management needs to support those goals.

Habitat Protection Biologist, Old-Growth Forest Protection Project, Inventory Branch, Ministry of Forests, Province of British Columbia, Victoria, 1978 – 1979 with responsibilities in

·conducting the first comprehensive review of Ministry responsibilities for conserving old-growth forest for wildlife particularly ungulates, Grizzly bear and salmonid fisheries;

·reviewing the forest cover maps and annual allowable cut calculations for the Public Sustained Yield Units (PSYUs) of the BC coast and southern interior;

·developing forest cover maps and marked aerial photographs based on field work in remote parts of the British Columbia coast; and

·development of first assessment of old-growth preservation areas for these management units.

Teaching Assistant, Britannia Secondary School, Vancouver, 1977 – 1978 with responsibilities in

·supervising young adolescents with learning and emotional disabilities in basic course work often organized as special needs tutorials and

·supervision of physical education requirements that often were combined with walking field trips related to environmental education.

Executive Secretary, Services and Activities Board, 1975 – 1976, The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington. This was roughly equivalent to student body president and responsibility for administering an annual budget of over US$400,000 and included the following responsibilities:

·providing administrative services to the appointed student board that made funding decisions around student services moneys from services, recreation to cultural and environmental programmes;

·assessment of needs and priorities of student body with information provided to board members; and

·communication of budgetary decisions to a wide range of offices and organizations.

Habitat Protection Technician, 1974, Fish and Wildlife Branch, Department of Recreation and Conservation, Government of British Columbia on first government study on wildlife requirements for old-growth Coastal Hemlock forest and the impacts of clearcut logging, Skidegate Plateau on Haida Gwaay (Queen Charlotte Islands).