Mark became a full-fledged Panda in 2006 and leads WWF’s fresh water conservation response along the binational portion of the Rio Grande/Bravo (RGB). In his 25-year professional career, Mark has been fortunate to work on many rivers in the southwestern U.S. and northern Mexico. His introduction to the RGB region (the portion of the river along the U.S.-Mexico border) was 12 years ago when WWF hired him as a consultant to begin developing a conservation response for this beautiful though degraded river. Previous to that time, he had never been to this part of the world, but was hooked immediately by the region’s cultural and bio-topographic diversity.
Prior to WWF, Mark worked on stream restoration projects with a variety of different agencies, communities, NGOs, and cultures, including the Little Colorado River (Arizona, U.S.), Santa Cruz River (Sonora, Mexico), San Pedro River (Sonora, Mexico), and the Colorado River Delta (Baja C.N., Mexico). His technical publications include a book on developing river restoration projects and numerous articles on restoration, monitoring, and natural resource research. Briggs sits on the editorial board of the international journal Restoration Ecology. He is currently working on a stream restoration guidebook for practitioners that will be out in 2019. Other than restoring rivers, Mark lives to hike, bike, float rivers, and write.