Patrick Doran

Patrick Doran is currently the Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Michigan where he oversees The Nature Conservancy’s conservation efforts including the organization’s conservation science, restoration, protection and policy activities not only for Michigan, but also for the benefit of the Great Lakes region. Patrick previously served seven years as the Director of Science for TNC in Michigan. Additionally, Patrick holds an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University. Dr. Doran holds a Ph.D. in ecology from Dartmouth College and Master’s degrees in ecology and environmental science from Indiana University. But, more importantly, Patrick has a wonderful wife and two children with whom he spends countless hours exploring, hiking, bird watching and playing sports.


Patrick's Posts

Understanding the Lake Erie Algal Bloom & Toledo Water Shutdown

Think about it: Half a million people living next to one of the world’s greatest sources of freshwater were forced to drink from plastic water bottles. How did it come to this? The Conservancy’s Patrick Doran delves into the science behind the Lake Erie algal bloom.

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Forest Dilemmas

Too many deer. Logging one tree to save another. Beavers versus old growth. Welcome to forest conservation in the 21st century. Join us for a provocative 5-part series exploring the full complexity facing forest conservation in the eastern United States.

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Innovative Science

Investing in Seagrass
Marine scientists and fishers alike know that grass beds are valuable as nursery habitat. A new Conservancy-funded study puts a number to it.

Drones Aid Bird Conservation
How can California conservationists accurately count thousands of cranes? Enter a new tool in bird monitoring: the drone.

Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
Can farmers globally both adapt to and mitigate the impacts of climate change? A new paper answers with a definitive yes. But it won't be easy.

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