Dr. Ford is an expert in the ecology and management of conservation lands, including rangeland livestock management and infrastructure requirements, with 37 years experience in professional consulting, research, and education. In addition to his private consulting practice, he is Research Associate in the Department of Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz. He has a long history of pro bono service to professional, non-profit conservation, and conservation policy organizations.
Recent projects include:
He recently completed the chapter "Northern Coastal Scrub and Coastal Prairie" (with G.F. Hayes) for the UC Press's third edition of Terrestrial Vegetation of California.
In 2007, he was appointed Chair of the Certification Panel of the California-Pacific Section of the Society for Range Management, which he also served as Director from 2007 through 2008. In 2007, he was appointed the founding chair of the Research Committee of the California Rangeland Conservation Coalition (CRCC), an important new cooperative movement for better conservation of the state's rangelands, lead by influential politicians, federal and state agency representatives, conservation groups, private ranchers, and other rangeland managers.