David Zippin leads ICF's practice in biodiversity conservation planning and implementation. He has more than 20 years of experience in applying ecological science to environmental management and planning. His specialty is regional conservation planning and implementation, including habitat conservation plans, natural community conservation plans, and biodiversity conservation strategies.
Dr. Zippin has expertise in compliance with U.S. federal and state endangered species acts, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and wetland regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA). His experience includes more than 35 conservation plans and their environmental documents for government agencies, water agencies, and transportation agencies at the local, state, and national levels; utilities; and timber and energy companies. He has also developed national tools for assessing the environmental impacts of electric transmission and transportation projects.
Dr. Zippin has a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the University of Texas–Austin and a B.A. in Ecology from the University of California–San Diego. He is the coauthor of the award-winning book, Understanding the Habitat Conservation Planning Process in California: A Guidebook for Project and Regional Conservation Planning.