Director of Science
Jen Molnar is the director of science for The Nature Conservancy, where she is responsible for helping the Conservancy bring the best possible science to the organization's evolving conservation work. She leads an interdisciplinary program of scientists and economists dedicated to cutting-edge research and practice on ecosystem services, social science and economics, climate science, conservation methods and measures, and science communications.
Jen has 15 years of experience bringing science to decisions that improve the state of the natural world and how people depend on it, including through research, global assessments, corporate practice innovations, and environmental remediation.
She is the Conservancy's science lead for the TNC-Dow Chemical Company collaboration to incorporate nature and the value it provides to people into corporate decision-making. From 2011 to early 2013, she was the director of Conservancy’s Sustainability Science program, which assessed how people benefit from nature in order to improve conservation investments and outcomes.
Jen joined The Nature Conservancy in 2004 as part of an international team of scientists that collected, tracked, and analyzed global data to inform conservation. She was editor and co-author of The Atlas of Global Conservation (University of California Press, 2010). Partnering with some 70 institutions around the world, she and her Conservancy co-authors compiled and developed an unprecedented number of global maps to describe the state of the natural world. Jen is working with partners to make all of the data behind the global maps publicly available online. She led global analyses of habitat condition and threats with a focus on marine and freshwater systems, including the first global assessment of the distribution, pathways, and ecological impacts of marine invasive species.
Jen received a master’s degree from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she studied the impacts of land use change on coastal ecosystems and now serves as a board member of the Alumni Association. She has a B.S. in environmental engineering from Harvard and has previous experience in hydrology and environmental remediation.
Director of Science
Hoekstra, J. M., J. L. Molnar, M. Jennings, C. Revenga, M. D. Spalding, T. M. Boucher, J. C. Robertson, T. J. Heibel, with K. Ellison. 2010. The Atlas of Global Conservation: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities to Make a Difference. Ed. J. L. Molnar. Berkeley: University of California Press
Molnar, J.L., R. Gamboa, C. Revenga, M. Spalding. 2008. Assessing the global threat of invasive species to marine biodiversity. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 6(9): 485–492
Spalding M.D., H.E. Fox, G.R. Allen, N. Davidson, Z.A. Ferdana, M. Finlayson, B.S. Halpern, M.A. Jorge, A. Lombana, S.A. Lourie, K.D. Martin, E. McManus, J.L. Molnar, C.A. Recchia, J. Robertson. 2007. Marine ecoregions of the world: a bioregionalization of coast and shelf areas. BioScience 57(7): 573-583.
Molnar J., M. Marvier, and P. Kareiva. 2004. The sum is greater than the parts. Conservation Biology 18(6): 1670-1671.