Dr. Robert Wayne Tyndall (Wayne) joined Board of Directors of Soldiers Delight Conservation, Inc. in 2021 after retiring from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Wayne joined the Natural Heritage Program of Maryland’s Department of Natural Resources in 1987 to begin a career in biodiversity conservation at the grassroots level. He soon learned that his academic training in Plant Ecology (M.S., Old Dominion University; Ph.D., University of Maryland-College Park) could contribute to the restoration of rapidly vanishing "barrens", savannas, and grasslands of eastern North America.
One especially important restoration effort began in Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area. Funneling knowledge of academic scholars and government restoration ecologists, he helped initiate the Serpentine Ecosystem Restoration Program at Soldiers Delight in 1995 after a research phase beginning in 1989. His current role with SDCI is mainly as a scientific advisor, where he hopes to bridge the gap between state-of-the-art conservation science and government decisions affecting Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area. Dr. Tyndall’s professional writings, papers and publications appear under the authorship of “R. Wayne Tyndall”.