Researcher biography

Dave Poulton is a researcher focused on conservation policy. Dave is Director of the Alberta Land Institute, an independent research institute based at the University of Alberta, with a mandate to connect research with policy for better land management.  He has long-standing interest in biodiversity offsetting, serving as the Executive Director of the Alberta Association for Conservation Offsets ( and member of the Advisory Group of the Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme (BBOP).

He holds a B.A. and M.A., in political science from the University of Calgary, and LL.B. from Dalhousie University, as well as an LL.M. from Natural Resources, Energy and Environment program at the University of Calgary.

Dave’s research focuses on how the availability of offsetting as a mitigation tool affects regulatory behaviour respecting other steps in the mitigation hierarchy.