NPT is proud to announce the newest addition to our Leadership Council – Michael Soukup.
Mike was the Chief Scientist for the National Park System (NPS) for 12 years and was the key architect of the Natural Resource Challenge – the NPS vision for approaching the next century of rapid environmental change. That program initiated a 13-agency Cooperative Ecosystem Studies (CESU) Network with over 300 academic partners, 19 research learning centers, and a long-term faunal/floral inventory and monitoring system for the 270 natural resource parks. Most recently, Mike is the past president and CEO of the Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park; he currently serves on several boards and as director of science for the Schoodic Institute.
We are delighted to welcome Mike Soukup as our newest member of the Leadership Council," stated Chuck Knauss, NPT board member and chair of the Leadership Council. "Mike's expertise in the ecosystems of our national parks and dedication to education will be a tremendous asset for our land preservation work and for our Buddy Bison environmental education program.” Mike agreed to serve on the Leadership Council because, in his own words, “the National Park Trust can be a valuable asset in assuring a bright future for national parks and I hope to help however I can.”
Mike was also the former director of research at Everglades National Park. His personal research targeted lake and marsh biogeochemistry and restoration. Mike continues to explore the role that national parks can play for greater impact on the future landscape, as they are superb natural laboratories and inspirational sites for lifelong learning. Mike’s experience and vision will be a wonderful compliment to NPT’s Leadership Council. Thanks to Mike for giving of his time and knowledge so generously.