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Francisco Dallmeier

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

Francisco Dallmeier oversees the international programs vision for the Center for Conservation and Sustainability with offices in Washington D.C., Peru and Gabon. He provides senior policy advice and works with academia, governments, NGOs and the private and public sectors. He works worldwide on critical habitats, protected areas, biodiversity offsets, research and monitoring, “no net loss” and “net positive impact” for smart and green infrastructure projects. Dallmeier offers critical skills and strategies in stakeholder engagement, policy knowledge, biodiversity management and landscape planning.

With his team, Dallmeier pioneered integrating biodiversity conservation and best practices into mega-infrastructure energy projects; strategies for implementing Biodiversity Actions Plans for in-land and off-shore energy exploration and development, linear infrastructure and artificial reef biodiversity monitoring programs, and ecosystem services assessment and scenario planning for conservation corridors. He also co-designed and implemented the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, the Smithsonian-World Bank Global Tiger Initiative and chaired the Mid-Atlantic National Ecological Observatory Network. In 2002 to 2003, Dr. Dallmeier was the interim Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center.
Dallmeier received his undergraduate degree in biology in 1977 from the Universidad Central de Venezuela and his Wildlife Biology master degree in 1984 and Ph.D. in 1986 from Colorado State University. He attended the Federal Executive Institute and the Smithsonian Leadership programs. He has traveled and worked professionally in nearly 100 countries from the Alaskan tundra to the tropical rainforests of the Amazon, Central Africa and Southeast Asia. His research and conservation programs have included critical and endangered species and ecosystems, forest vital signs monitoring programs, climate change, impact mitigation of large development projects, biodiversity action plans, and design and implementation of sustainable mega-infrastructure projects.
Since Dallmeier can remember, he has always wanted to work with animals and travel to wild places. Today, he pursues his dream through strategies for effective conservation of wildlife and the landscape. There is no one fix-all solution that works everywhere, even in developing countries. Scientists have the power to influence public policies, governments and people’s attitudes, and achieve some meaningful victories along the way. They have proven it at SCBI, and the world will be a poorer place if they give up.
Recent Papers: 
Muelbert, Adriane Esquivel, Baker, Timothy R., Dexter, Kyle, Lewis, Simon L., Steege, Hans ter, Lopez-Gonzalez, Gabriela, Mendoza, Abel Monteagudo, Brienen, Roel, Feldpausch, Ted R., Pitman, Nigel, Alonso, Alfonso, van der Heijden, Geertje, Peña-Claros, Marielos, Ahuite, Manuel, Alexiaides, Miguel, Dávila, Esteban Álvarez, Murakami, Alejandro Araujo, Arroyo, Luzmila, Aulestia, Milton, Balslev, Henrik, Barroso, Jorcely, Boot, Rene, Cano, Angela, Moscoso, Victor Chama, Comiskey, Jim, et al. 2017. Seasonal drought limits tree species across the Neotropics. Ecography, 618-629. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/ecog.01904
Richardson, Matthew L., Wilson, Benjamin A., Aiuto, Daniel A. S., Crosby, Jonquil E., Alonso, Alfonso, Dallmeier, Francisco and Golinski, G. Karen. 2017. A review of the impact of pipelines and power lines on biodiversity and strategies for mitigation. Biodiversity and Conservation, 1801-1815. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10531-017-1341-9
Anthony, Nicola M., Atteke, Christiane, Bruford, Michael W., Dallmeier, Francisco, Freedman, Adam, Hardy, Olivier, Ibrahim, Brama, Jeffery, Kathryn J., Johnson, Mireille, Lahm, Sally A., Lepengue, Nicaise, Lowenstein, Jacob H., Maisels, Fiona, Mboumba, Jean-François, Mickala, Patrick, Morgan, Katy, Ntie, Stephan, Smith, Thomas B., Sullivan, John P., Verheyen, Erik and Gonder, Mary K. 2015. Evolution and Conservation of Central African Biodiversity: Priorities for Future Research and Education in the Congo Basin and Gulf of Guinea. Biotropica, 6-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/btp.12188

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