Dr. Ray Sauvajot is the Director of Natural Resource Stewardship and Science for the U.S. National Park Service. Ray provides leadership and oversight for natural resource programs, supports and guides parks on complex natural resource issues, and represents the National Park Service in broad scale conservation science and natural resource initiatives. Previously, Ray served as Natural Resource Program Chief for the National Park Service Pacific West Region, including California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, and the Pacific Islands. Before that, Ray served as Chief of Planning, Science and Resource Management at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. His technical expertise and research interests include the effects of development encroachment and habitat fragmentation on wildlife, and on how conservation science can be linked to on-the-ground management solutions for parks and protected areas. Ray obtained a B.A. degree in biology from UC San Diego and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in ecology from UC Davis. Ray has held faculty positions at UCLA, California State University Northridge, and UC Berkeley.