Dave launched DJ Case & Associates in 1986 based on the premise that there is a need to apply the art and science of communication disciplines to the critically important science of natural resource conservation and environmental protection. Since that time, he has worked with nearly every state and federal natural resources agency in the United States and many major state and national conservation organizations.
Dave's early-career work as a biologist and then media personality opened his eyes to the importance of communication disciplines to achieving conservation goals.
He worked for the National Park Service on a remote, forested island in Lake Michigan as part of his master's work to study impacts of deer overabundance. But, controversy surrounding the management of the island's deer herd gave Dave a crash course on the "people" side of wildlife management. He took a position with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and soon was appearing on weekly radio and TV programs, speaking to civic organizations and schools and learning both the art and science of communications.
Dave holds a bachelor's degree in forestry from Purdue University and a master's degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Michigan.