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Continuing Education for Natural Resource Professionals

Plain & Simple! Document Writing (PSDW)

Dr. Jud Monroe's Brief Biography


Dr. Jud Monroe, Environmental Planning & Documentation
182 Silver Lake Avenue,
Wakefield, RI 02879

Jud Monroe has been a professional writer for over 35 years, specializing in technical and scientific writing. He began teaching science writing at the University of California Davis campus in 1974-75 and taught there in engineering, chemistry, biology, veterinary medicine, food science, and agronomy. In 1978 he and agronomist Carole Meredith published The Science of Scientific Writing, which he followed in 1980 with Effective Research and Report Writing in Government. In the late 1970's he began teaching scientific writing courses for the American Fisheries Society (which he continues to do when time permits). He has taught at UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine, and Golden Gate University. During this same period he was "ghost writing" journal papers for researchers in both the university and industry.

In 1979, he began consulting work with the US Army Corps of Engineers, writing Feasibility, Design, and other planning documents. He coordinated preparation of Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act reports and Joint NEPA/Feasibility documents with the Los Angeles District until 1993. At the same time, he worked on a variety of NEPA and Endangered Species Act documents for California Department of Fish and Game, USFWS, and Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. He wrote the first Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan in the nation in 1992. The documentation for this HCP received a Presidential Award for Excellence.

From 1990 to 2001, Jud divided his work between managing the Southwestern Riverside County Multi-Species Reserve, managing ESA compliance with mitigation requirements for a $2.2 billion reservoir, and writing environmental documents to meet the requirements of NEPA, the federal Endangered Species Act, and various similar state statutes. He has written joint Environmental Impact Statements-Environmental Impact Reports, Habitat Conservation Plans, EA's for Section 404 permitting, and Action Specific Implementation Plans for consolidated federal and State of California permitting under the CALFED program. Current projects include an EIS/EIR for the USFWS related to a waste management facility, an EIR (California) for Mojave Water Agency, EA's for two fish screening projects, and an HCP for a fisheries management project in Northern California.

Jud is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology and the American Fisheries Society.

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