Michael Gaglio (1974- ) is a 4th generation El Pasoan with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from the University of Texas at El Paso (henceforth “UTEP”). Growing up very close to the mountain foothills of northeast El Paso, Michael developed a love for the outdoors and open space early on. During his studies at UTEP, his initial interest in marine biology shifted back to the desert and he focused on the ecology of the Southwest. Mr. Gaglio’s career spans 15 years as a biologist and environmental consultant and in 2007 he co-founded High Desert Native Plants, LLC, an environmental consulting and restoration services company with a focus on conservation-oriented solutions for the development industry. During his consulting career Michael worked with entities such as The Nature Conservancy and The Trust for Public Land as well as with developers and commercial real-estate practitioners. He became involved with The Frontera Land Alliance in 2007 after recognizing a true need for balance between conservation and development in the urban setting of his hometown. He also volunteers with the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife performing deer surveys and dove banding.