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Francisco Dallmeier, Ph.D.

Center Head, Conservation Biologist
B.S., Universidad Central de Venezuela; M.S. and Ph.D., Colorado State University

Francisco Dallmeier directs the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Center for Conservation and Sustainability. The Center’s mission is to apply the expertise of the Smithsonian to integrate conservation needs with sustainable development priorities. Dallmeier has a wide range of global experience in planning for biodiversity-friendly working landscapes, sustainable infrastructure conservation planning, quantification of the Mitigation Hierarchy tool toward no-net loss of biodiversity, scenario planning to inform policy makers, Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment Programs (BMAP), human-wildlife conflicts, and professional training programs for conservation leaders and professionals.

Dallmeier leads and manages international projects with operations in Washington, D.C., Peru, Paraguay, and Gabon. He is a team-oriented leader with 30 years of experience assessing the impact of development projects on biodiversity and ecosystem services. His expertise also includes designing development project mitigation strategies within policies and legal frameworks to achieve sustainable infrastructure goals.
Dallmeier regularly advises senior leadership of corporations, governments and NGOs with demonstrated collaborative excellence in interdisciplinary and multicultural science and capacity building for projects in biodiversity-rich areas and critical habitats. He was an early innovator in co-developing (with the energy industry) the inland–offshore exploration and development approach, no roads for sensitive tropical rainforest areas and the Biodiversity Monitoring and Assessment Program (BMAP) now used worldwide.
He has been an adviser for the energy and mining sectors, NGOs, international financial organizations and governments and is an expert adviser on self-actualization and environmental leadership development and training. He is also a Certified Associate Meta-Coach and Practitioner, and a Master Practitioner and Trainer in Neuro-Semantics and Neuro-Linguistic Programming.
Recent Publications: 
Draper, Frederick C., Costa, Flavia R. C., Arellano, Gabriel, Phillips, Oliver L., Duque, Alvaro, Macia, Manuel J., ter Steege, Hans, Asner, Gregory P., Berenguer, Erika, Schietti, Juliana, Socolar, Jacob B., de Souza, Fernanda Coelho, Dexter, Kyle G., Jorgensen, Peter M., Sebastian Tello, J., Magnusson, William E., Baker, Timothy R., Castilho, Carolina, V., Monteagudo-Mendoza, Abel, Fine, Paul V. A., Ruokolainen, Kalle, Honorio Coronado, Euridice N., Aymard, Gerardo, Davila, Nallarett, Sanchez Saenz, Mauricio, et al. 2021. Amazon tree dominance across forest strata. Nature Ecology & Evolution. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-021-01418-y
Anderson-Teixeira, Kristina J., Herrmann, Valentine, Cass, Wendy B., Williams, Alan B., Paull, Stephen J., Gonzalez-Akre, Erika B., Helcoski, Ryan, Tepley, Alan J., Bourg, Norman A., Cosma, Christopher T., Ferson, Abigail E., Kittle, Caroline, Meakem, Victoria, McGregor, Ian R., Prestipino, Maya N., Scott, Michael K., Terrell, Alyssa R., Alonso, Alfonso, Dallmeier, Francisco and McShea, William J. 2020. Long-Term Impacts of Invasive Insects and Pathogens on Composition, Biomass, and Diversity of Forests in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains. Ecosystems. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10021-020-00503-w
Sánchez-Cuervo, Ana María, de Lima, Letícia Santos, Dallmeier, Francisco, Garate, Paola, Bravo, Adriana and Vanthomme, Hadrien. 2020. Twenty years of land cover change in the southeastern Peruvian Amazon: implications for biodiversity conservation. Regional Environmental Change, Article 8. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10113-020-01603-y

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