Dr. James Tate, Jr., Member, Board of Regents and Senior Fellow
Jim Tate, who served most recently as Science Advisor to the Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior, is a recognized senior executive and leader in natural resource science and policy. He has extensive federal government knowledge and experience in the legislative process and procedures as well as agency operations. Dr. Tate currently is a Research Associate at the Smithsonian Institution’s Migratory Bird Center as well as Senior Fellow at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.
Dr. Tate has been noted in his career for promoting the role of science in advising public policy, and for his research and writing on avian ecology and landscape-level biological systems. He has a passion for fly fishing, bow hunting and bird watching. He has served in many natural resource conservation roles throughout his career, including Science Advisor to the Secretary of Interior, Gale Norton; Professional Staff to U.S. Senate committees; Endangered Species Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Branch Chief for the U.S. Office of Surface Mining; Environmental Manager with Atlantic Richfield Company; and Associate Professor of Natural Resources, and Assistant Director of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University.