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Chair of MFA in Collaborative Design

Peter Schoonmaker is Founding Chair of the MFA in Collaborative Design at PNCA, which applies design and systems thinking to complex environmental, social and economic issues. Peter is past science director of Ecotrust, past vice president of Interrain Pacific and current president of Illahee, non-profits focused on designing new models for cooperative environmental problem solving in the Pacific Northwest. He was also board president of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, facilitating a process that permanently protected 35,000 acres of ancient forest.

In past positions, Peter developed one of the first web-based environmental news services, assessed the status of Pacific salmon, and led several watershed assessments. He has studied vegetation change and fire history in temperate rainforests, in South America, and in New England. His wildlife experience includes Hawaiian forest birds, Andean condors, peregrine falcons, and Pacific salamanders.

Peter has held positions at University of Massachusetts, Oregon State University, Willamette University, Portland State University and Linfield College.

PhD 1992 Harvard University (Organismic & Evolutionary Biology)
BA 1981 Colorado College (Biology)

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