McKinley, Ph.D.

Senior Conservation Biologist
Maine office

9 Union Street, Third Floor

Hallowell, ME 04347


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Peter joined The Wilderness Society in 2010, having worked in northeastern conservation and ecological research for the last 20 years.

Prior to joining the Wilderness Society, Peter served for three years as the Director of Forestland Conservation at the Forest Society of Maine, a statewide land trust. His previous positions include two years as a staff conservation biologist at New Hampshire Audubon, five years as a researcher on forest songbirds and commercial forest management at the Manoment Center for Conservation Sciences, five years as the Vice President of Operations and Ecological Planning for a progressive timber management company, overseeing their Forest Stewardship Council Certification and collaboration with conservation organizations, and a year as an environmental consultant that included authorship of an ecological report on the High Peaks region of Western Maine, funded in part by The Wilderness Society.

Peter holds a B.A. in biology from Colby College, a Masters degree from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of New Brunswick. Peter’s weekend hikes and paddles with family and friends span interior and coastal New England, enjoying the physical challenges, poetic moments and biodiversity of mountains and sea.

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