Dr. Lawrence D. Ford, Ph.D.




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:

  • Grazing management and monitoring prescriptions for special-status fauna and flora habitat, fire hazard reduction, and pest plant control (California)
  • Rangeland ecosystem health indicators for management planning, monitoring, and certification on California ranches with the Central Coast Rangeland Coalition (Cooperative Agreement with the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service)
  • Scientific guidelines for livestock grazing management of upland habitat of the California tiger salamander and California red-legged frog, both listed as threatened (grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Pacific Gas and Electric Company; cooperation with the Alameda County Resource Conservation District)
  • Burning, grazing, and herbicide effects on an invasive non-native grass (grants from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Hawaii)
  • Grazing effects on riparian woodlands and wildlife habitat (California and Arizona)
  • Riparian resources research program evaluations (California)

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.

Technical Specialties

  • Natural vegetation ecology, history, restoration, and management
  • Livestock grazing and rangelands
  • Habitat of special-status wildlife, plants, and natural communities
  • Fire hazards
  • Wildland pest plants
  • Monitoring design and methods
  • Ecosystem health indicators
  • Conservation enhancement in agricultural and urban-interface landscapes



  • Range Manager of the Year, California-Pacific Section, Society for Range Management, (2012)
  • Science and Diplomacy Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science. (1991-92 and 1992-93)
  • Certificate of Appreciation (for Melanesian project), U.S.D.A. Forest Service, International Forestry (1993)
  • Charles Lathrop Pack Prize (for professional publication), University of California, Berkeley (1989)
  • Regents' Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (1984-85 and 1985-86)
  • Graduation with College Honors and Honors in the Major (1978)


  • Ph.D. Wildland Resource Science (Vegetation Ecology), University of California, Berkeley. 1991
  • M.S. Range Management (and Ecology), University of California, Berkeley. 1986
  • B.A. Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz. 1978 (with honors)
  • B.A. Environmental Studies (Natural History), University of California, Santa Cruz. 1978 (with honors) 

Most Treasured Accomplishments in Life So Far: