David Sumpter, Executive Director – M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife Biology
Dave is a wildlife biologist that has professionally specialized in land management and applied wildlife research related to land management for most of the past two decades. He has personally authored over 30 land management plans and implemented these management plans on over 25 properties. He was previously responsible for managing all of Pinellas County’s preserves.
Lance Arvidson, Senior Ecologist – M.S. Biology
Lance Arvidson is a Master’s educated ecologist with a broad, 10-year professional background concentrated in wildlife ecology, land management, technical writing, biometrics, and environmental education. His primary focus is in the development and implementation of large-scale listed wildlife conservation and permitting projects.
Neal Halstead, Senior Ecologist – M.S., Ph.D. Integrative Biology
Neal is a community ecologist with 13 years of conservation experience in Florida. His academic areas of expertise are in experimental design and statistical analysis, with a focus on the interaction between agriculture and species conservation.
Kevin Love, Land Manager
A wildland manager in Florida since 1976, Kevin is accomplished in all aspects of ecological management including management planning, prescribed fire, exotics control, natural systems restoration, wildlife and habitat management, timber management, public recreation management and facilities maintenance. A certified prescribed burn manager with over 100,000 acres of prescribed burns completed. Adept at site triage, understanding management history effects on site condition and strategic management planning and implementation to achieve quality ecological results.
Sue Mullins, Policy Advisor – M.S. Anthropology
Sue provides more than 15 years’ experience advocating before local, state and federal government on land and water conservation issues and campaigns. Sue drafted the Florida Forever Act in 2008 and helped draft its predecessor in 1999, as well as the Rural and Family Lands Protection Act. Sue has won voters’ approval for local conservation ballot initiatives in 17 Florida counties and is a 6th generation Floridian from Pasco County.
Tom Hoctor, Associate Landscape Ecologist – Ph.D. Landscape Ecology and Conservation Biology
Tom Hoctor is currently working with Wildlands on the Polk County Habitat Conservation Plan and other large scale. Tom completed a B.A. in History and Science at Harvard University, and a Masters and Ph.D. in Conservation Biology and Landscape Ecology at the University of Florida.
Robert Heath, Senior Ecologist – M.S. Environmental Biology
Rob Heath has worked as a wildlife biologist in the Tampa Bay area since 1978, starting as a park ranger at Hillsborough River State Park, then moving to the Hillsborough County Parks Department in 1981 to assist with the development of new regional parks.
Brian G. Ormiston, Ph.D. Ecology
Dr. Brian Ormiston has over 34 years of experience in ecology, including 22 years of field and remote sensing experience throughout Florida. Dr. Ormiston is a recognized expert in wetland ecology and wetland hydrology, environmental monitoring, statistical modeling, environmental impacts of water withdrawals from groundwater and surface water systems, and environmental management.
Patricia Ashton, Associate Senior Ecologist
Patricia Ashton works with us on a variety of projects. She specializes in gopher tortoise research, plant surveys, habitat management planning and educational training.