James Tate, Jr, PhD is a Senior Fellow and Member of the Board of Regents. Dr. 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.

Jim has served in many natural resource conservation roles throughout his career—
- 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
- Associate Professor of Natural Resources, and Assistant Director of the Laboratory of Ornithology at Cornell University

Jim was born in Mauston, Wisconsin and raised in small farming towns in Northern Illinois. He graduated with a BS from Northern Illinois University, a MS from University of the Pacific, and a Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska. He is married to Linda Schmale of Lodgepole, Nebraska, and has a son Brant who is an architect in Brisbane, Australia.


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The Potomac Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, 501(c)(3), not-for-profit public policy research institute. The Institute identifies and aggressively shepherds discussion on key science and technology issues facing our society. From these discussions and forums, we develop meaningful science and technology policy options and ensure their implementation at the intersection of business and government.


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