Donald Falk

Associate Professor, School of Natural Resources and the Environment

Associate Professor, Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research

Don Falk is Associate Professor in the University of Arizona School of Natural Resources and the Environment, with joint appointments in the Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research and the Institute of the Environment. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Tufts University, and the University of Arizona, where he received his PhD in 2004. Don’s research focuses on fire history, fire ecology, and restoration ecology in a changing world. Falk is a AAAS Fellow, and has received the Fulbright Short-Term Scholar award, the Ecological Society of America’s Deevey Award for outstanding graduate work in paleoecology, and awards from his School for both Outstanding Scholarly Contributions and Outstanding Teaching. Don was co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Plant Conservation; he served subsequently as the first Executive Director of the Society for Ecological Restoration International (SER), of which he was also a founding Board member. He is the author of numerous technical publications and four books, including Genetics and Conservation of Rare Plants (1991, Oxford University Press, with Kent Holsinger,), Restoring Diversity: Strategies for Reintroduction of Endangered Plants (1996, Island Press, with Connie Millar and Peggy Olwell), Foundations of Restoration Ecology (2006, Island Press, with Margaret Palmer and Joy Zedler), and The Landscape Ecology of Fire (2011, Springer, with Don McKenzie and Carol Miller). He is a member of the Editorial Board for the Island Press series in restoration ecology, the Executive Board of the Southwest Fire Science Consortium, and serves as the science lead for the FireScape initiative in the Arizona Sky Islands. Don was selected as a Udall Center Fellow for 2014-15.