Dave Cleaves has worked for the Forest Service for more than 20 years. In March 2010, Dave was selected by Chief Tidwell to be the Climate Change Advisor. In this role, he serves the Chief, executive leadership, and the field by coordinating activities related to climate change. Dave is the primary spokesperson for the agency on climate change and leads the implementation of the Forest Service's nationwide strategy for weaving climate change response into policies, processes, and partnerships.
Dave was formerly the Associate Deputy Chief of Forest Service Research & Development, the agency's science and technology program. He has also been the director of the Rocky Mountain Research Station and staff director for national research programs in economics, forest products, social science, recreation and tourism, urban forestry, science education, and the Resources Planning Act assessment. Additionally, he led the agency's research and development programs in fire behavior and prediction, fuels management, planning and economics, and human dimensions.
Dave's specialty is decision science and risk analysis. He was formerly the national decision science specialist in the Forest Service where he developed methods and tools for improving environmental analysis and decision processes. Prior to his career in the Forest Service, he was a professor of forest marketing and economics at Oregon State University. Dave has a B.S. and M.S. from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. in economics from Texas A&M University.
In his spare time, Dave is an avid fly-fisherman and teaches fishing and casting clinics for groups such as Project Healing Waters for disabled active military service personnel and veterans and Casting for Recovery for breast cancer survivors.