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The Principal Investigators


Leon Kolankiewicz is a practicing environmental scientist, wildlife ecologist, and natural resources planner whose career spans three decades. He holds a B.S. from Virginia Tech in forestry and wildlife management and an M.S. from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) in environmental planning and natural resources management. Kolankiewicz’s professional career includes stints with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and the Orange County (California) Environmental Management Agency. He also served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Central America, promoting conservation of tropical rainforests and wildlife. Kolankiewicz has written more than one hundred popular articles and technical reports and authored two books chronicling conservation efforts in Alaska and Central America, as well as other book-length monographs on population, immigration, and the environment. He has worked in both government and the private consulting sector as an environmental professional with NEPA since 1990, managing numerous EIS’s and EA’s for a variety of federal clients, on projects including roads, parks, mines, power lines, coal-fired power plants, dams & reservoirs, flood control projects, fire management plans, historic preservation plans, and conservation plans.