Tad McCall is a program manager for the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources. He researches innovation in policy and implementation of the Endangered Species Act, seeking practices and policies that involve the public and private sector working collaboratively to protect species and habitat. His research is supported by the U.S. Department of Defense’s Director of Training and Readiness Strategy and the Director of Readiness and Environmental Program Integration. McCall is working on a strategy of options to protect species and habitat by more effectively involving lands outside installation boundaries. His work will build on advances supported by Texas A&M University in endangered species, habitat improvement, interagency cooperation and support for rural lands.
McCall has 47 years of experience in, or supporting, the federal government. From 2003-2009 he was a consulting fellow at the Army Environmental Policy Institute with responsibility for incorporating sustainability into Army policy and practice. He was deputy assistant secretary for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health for the U.S. Air Force from 1994-2001.
McCall spent 25 years in the U.S. Navy and from 1986 to1989, he was the U.S. Navy legislative attorney with responsibilities for land withdrawals, including PL 99-606, which withdrew over seven million acres of land at six military ranges. McCall is a retired Navy Captain, JAGC.
He has a bachelor of science in history from the University of Oregon, a Juris doctor from the University of San Diego School of Law and a master of laws in ocean law from the University of Washington School of Law.