David Lytle, Ph.D.


David Lytle holds a Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, from the University of Minnesota, a M.S. from the University of Maine, and a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. 

David has served as the Director of the Southwest Biological Science Center of the US Geological Survey since 2011.  As Director, David is responsible for leading research scientists based in Moab, UT and Flagstaff and Tucson, AZ, and whose work spans the river systems and terrestrial environments of the Southwest.  Before taking a job with the USGS, David was State Forester and Chief of the Ohio Division of Forestry, and worked as a Conservation Ecologist with The Nature Conservancy and as Research Ecologist with the US Forest Service. His professional interests include forest landscape dynamics, including predictive and retrospective analyses of forest landscape change, and the management of forests in increasingly human-dominated landscapes