Doug first started in the adaptation field in Queensland focusing on the impacts of climate change on the agriculture sector. Upon returning to the United States, Doug joined the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and quickly assumed the duties of their first Climate Change Coordinator – the first such position in the Florida state government. In that position, Doug developed a first of its kind climate change training course that has since been modelled by both the US Federal Government and the State of California. Doug then took a position as the Climate Change Liaison with the US National Park Service’s (NPS) Climate Change Response program. In that role, Doug contributed to some of the earliest federal approaches to adaptation. After NPS, Doug assumed the role of North America Policy Director at the Society for Conservation Biology, working on climate change adaptation, endangered species and science communication issues. Doug speaks regularly to different groups, trying to bring awareness to the emerging issue of climate adaptation.