Wayne Spencer, Ph.D., is a wildlife conservation biologist with over 35 years of professional experience in ecological research and conservation planning.  As Director of Conservation Assessment and Planning at Conservation Biology Institute (CBI), Dr. Spencer specializes in applying science to the design and management of nature reserves, endangered species recovery, and resource management.  He has studied a variety of rare and endangered species—specially forest carnivores and desert rodents—as well as fire ecology, habitat selection, spatial ecology, climate change impacts, habitat connectivity, and wildlife movement corridors.  Before joining CBI Wayne led development of several large multi-species conservation plans under California’s NCCP Act.

Because he combines ecological research with real-world planning experience, Dr. Spencer is often asked to lead science advisory processes for regional conservation plans, such as the California Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the Sacramento-San Joaquin Bay Delta Conservation Plan, the South Coast Missing Linkages Project, and the California Essential Habitat Connectivity Project. 

Wayne obtained his BS in Biology and Wildlife Management at the University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (highest honors), MS in Wildland Resource Science at UC Berkeley (honors), and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Arizona (highest honors).  In 2008 he received the Conservationist of the Year Award from the Western Section of the Wildlife Society, and in 2011 he received special recognition awards from the Desert Tortoise Council and the Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee for his role in leading the science advisory process for the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan.

In addition to serving on the Steering Committee of the CA LCC, Wayne serves on the board and is a former President of South Coast Wildlands (now SC Wildlands) and is a Research Associate at the San Diego Natural History Museum.  He lives in San Diego with his wife and enjoys hiking, fly fishing, nature watching, and camping.  One son is studying Physics at UC Santa Barbara and another is enrolled at the Institute of Art and Design in Offenbach, Germany.