Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Associate State Director, The Nature Conservancy - Michigan
Biography: Dr. Patrick Doran joined The Nature Conservancy in 2005 and currently serves as Associate State Director in Michigan. In this role, Patrick oversees development and implementation of conservation strategies for The Nature Conservancy’s work in Michigan with contributions throughout the Great Lakes region, North American and globally, including African Great Lakes conservation. Under his leadership, Patrick and his staff of over 30 conservation professionals focus on strategies that address protected areas establishment and management, sustainable forestry, sustainable agriculture, coastal management, invasive species, fisheries and aquatic connectivity restoration, urban conservation, climate change adaptation, and underlying measures of success, monitoring and information management. Additionally, he focuses on communicating about the wonders of the natural world.
Patrick earned his Ph.D. in ecology from Dartmouth College, where he studied forest bird populations at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Patrick also holds degrees from Indiana University (M.S./M.A.) and Villanova University (B.A.).