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Executive Director


John S. Gunn, PhD

Dr. Gunn became the Executive Director of the Spatial Informatics Group – Natural Assets Laboratory (SIG-NAL) on November 1st, 2012. Prior to SIG-NAL, John was a Senior Program Leader within the Natural Capital Initiative at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. John has a B.S. in wildlife management from the University of Maine, an M.F.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a Ph.D. in biology from the University of New Brunswick studying the landscape ecology of forest songbirds. He has a broad background in sustainable forestry, including a position developing FSC-certified forest management systems for a large private landowner in Maine and extensive work on family forest and group certification issues throughout North America. John’s recent work has focused on developing the tools and science necessary to implement payments for ecosystem services programs (such as carbon sequestration and drinking water quality) involving forest landowners. John served as an Environmental Chamber representative on the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) US Board of Directors from 2010 through 2013. In August 2016 John began an appointment as a Research Assistant Professor of Forest Management at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, New Hampshire.









Board of Directors



David Saah, PhD, Principal, Spatial Informatics Group; Associate Professor, University of San Francisco



William C. Price, MFS, Acting President, Pinchot Institute for Conservation



John J. Battles, PhD, Professor and Chair, Ecosystem Sciences, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley


David McGlinchey, JD, Communications Director, Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole, MA


Tim Robards, PhD, Manager, Investments & Operations, New Forests, San Francisco

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