Dr. Warner serves as SWIIM’s Chairman of the board. He spent 30 years as an exploration geologist with his work culminating in his discovery and participation in Jonah Field and the first commercial development of Pinedale Field, located adjacent to Jonah Field in Sublette County, Wyoming. Jonah and Pinedale combined is the third largest gas accumulation ever discovered within the continental United States. Dr. Warner retired from the natural gas industry at the end of 2000 to pursue philanthropy full time. Dr Warner has been invited to attend the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy three years running, starting in 2015. In 2005, he placed forty-fifth on the Slate 60 list of American Philanthropy. He has made sizable gifts to Colorado State University, the Sand County Foundation, MIT, Grand Valley State University and the Colorado Conservation Trust. In 2005, Colorado State University named the College of Natural Resources after him. Dr. Warner has been a Visiting Lecturer for the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and holds two honorary faculty positions at Colorado State University, a Faculty Affiliate position in the Department of Geosciences, and a professorship in Cooperative Conservation. He has lectured at Colorado State University, University of Colorado Law School, Stanford, MIT, Texas A&M, Grand Valley State University, Missouri State University and Cape Town University. Although Dr. Warner occasionally lectures on topics in geology, most of his current lectures are focused upon cooperative conservation. He has been professionally published in three fields: geology, conservation biology and virology. He also writes book reviews for Denver based Bloomsbury Review. He is a Trustee or Director of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Sand County Foundation, the Explorers Foundation and a past director of the Geological Society of America Foundation and the American Geological Institute Foundation as well as an Advisor to the Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust. He has received Public Service Awards from the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Dr. Warner holds an honorary faculty position at Colorado State University and has lectured on conservation issues from MIT to UCLA. He currently sits on the boards of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural history, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, the Sand County Foundation and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies. In 2011, Colorado State University awarded to him an honorary Doctorate degree of Humane Letters. Dr. Warner earned a Masters of Science degree from UCLA and a Bachelors of Science degree from Colorado State University, both in Geology.