LD Ford, Consultant in Rangeland Conservation Science: F. RATCLIFF QUALIFICATIONS

Dr. Felix Ratcliff is a rangeland scientist with a comprehensive knowledge of California rangeland ecology and management and extensive experience in riparian ecology and management in Central and Southern California. He has more than eleven years of professional experience in the field of natural resource management. For his doctoral thesis at UC Berkeley, he managed a six-year study of riparian ecology at Tejon Ranch in southern California, which focused on understanding the impact of rangeland management on riparian vegetation and wildlife. His dissertation, A Non-Equilibrium Approach to Rangeland Riparian Management, focused on riparian ecology and management in California’s Central Valley. He has extensive experience with riparian flora and fauna in California, and has completed graduate coursework in riparian and rangeland restoration and conservation. Through his PhD and subsequent postdoc at UC Berkeley, Felix has collaborated on projects with diverse partners, including: Yosemite National Park, Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park, Point Reyes National Seashore, East Bay Regional Park District, Marin County Parks and the Tejon Ranch Conservancy. He has co-authored numerous technical reports, grazing management plans, and peer-reviewed papers. He also has a wide array of analytical skills, and has extensive experience interpreting monitoring data in the context of management objectives. He is adept with data analysis in R, PC-Ord, AcrGIS, and Excel; and has a broad knowledge of California botany and wildlife ecology. From 2007 to 2011, he worked for Condor Country Consulting, where he participated in numerous projects in eastern Contra Costa County. Under Dr. Ford’s supervision, he manages and implements projects, performs fieldwork, works with clients to coordinate project logistics, and contributes to technical reports.

Technical Specialties:

  • California rangeland vegetation and wildlife monitoring and data analysis
  • Extensive experience translating scientific data and results for management purposes, writing rangeland management plans, and collaborating with academics, management agencies, and consultants
  • Riparian ecology and management in Central and Southern California

Licenses/Certifications:

  • Associate Rangeland Manager (California-Pacific Section, Society for Range Management; license expected summer 2019)

Education:

PhD, Environmental Science Policy and Management, University of California Berkeley, 2017
BA, Environmental Studies, University of California Santa Cruz, 2006