David Zippin has more than 25 years of experience in applying ecological science to environmental management and planning. His specialty is regional conservation planning and implementation for endangered species and other native biodiversity, including habitat conservation plans (HCP), programmatic Section 7 consultations, natural community conservation plans, Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances (CCAAs), Safe Harbor Agreements (SHAs), and “permit-less” conservation strategies.
Dr. Zippin has expertise in compliance with U.S. federal and state endangered species acts, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and wetland regulations under the Clean Water Act (CWA). His experience includes more than 60 habitat conservation plans and their NEPA documents in 16 states for government agencies, water agencies, and transportation agencies at the local, state, and national levels; utilities; and timber and energy companies. Dr. Zippin teaches habitat conservation planning for endangered species at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. He also teaches ESA compliance, HCP preparation, and HCP implementation at the University of California, Davis, Extension Program.
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.