Adam Riggsbee

RiverBank Ecosystems
Austin, TX


Adam Riggsbee is founder and President of RiverBank Ecosystems, Inc, which is based out of Austin, TX. Since its establishment in 2009, RiverBank operates two stream mitigation banks (among the first in Texas), is currently permitting a third; operates a conservation bank in West Texas, and is permitting a second in eastern New Mexico; and operates two permittee responsible mitigation sites in Texas. In addition to his own mitigation projects, Adam assists other mitigation providers with bank permitting as well as policy change and interpretation at regional and national scales.

Adam is also active in the policy and practice literature as a frequent collaborator with well recognized academics in the ecosystem services areas of research. His past works have investigated the influence of national regulations and regional policies on private investment in mitigation banking. His current research is looking into the effect of ad hoc policy decisions by the US Fish and Wildlife Service within conservation banking markets. Additional research efforts are focusing on the use of conservation markets for the 200+ candidate species the Fish and Wildlife Service must make listing decisions on by 2017 (per a legal settlement reached in 2011). Adam also serves on the Board of Visitors for the University of North Carolina’s Institute of the Environment.

Before working in the mitigation and conservation banking industry, Adam earned a BS in Biology (Botany) from Western Carolina University in the mountains of North Carolina. He later received a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina, where he studied fluvial geomorphology and biogeochemistry related to dam removal.