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NatureNet Science Fellows Program

Seeking Innovators for Nature and Development

Advancing science and engineering to solve big climate challenges for nature and human well-being.

Meet the 2015 class of NatureNet Fellows!

Our world faces unprecedented challenges with climate change: how do we stop it and continue to meet demands for food, water and energy without degrading natural systems? The Nature Conservancy is confronting these challenges head-on — through a new set of priorities that focus on everything from green infrastructure to sustainable agriculture and fisheries, natural defenses against extreme weather to encouraging sustainable energy forms and corporate practices. We firmly believe that conservation can be a solution to the climate challenges mounting against both nature and people.

That’s why the Conservancy has established the NatureNet Science Fellows Program in partnership with a rotating set of the world’s leading universities to create a reservoir of new interdisciplinary science talent that will carry out the new work of conservation.

Ideal Candidate Profile

While the Conservancy will always employ naturalists and biologists and landscape ecologists, it now needs new brands of science and engineering to tackle these new challenges — science that blends climatology, physics, economics, business, chemistry, engineering, technology and communications with conservation and ecology. And addressing human well-being demands a science practice that marries the best academic analyses with opportunities to rapidly test and deploy those analyses in the real world.

Ideal candidates for NatureNet Science Fellowships are outstanding early-career scientists and engineers who seek to improve and expand their research skills while directing their efforts toward problems at the interface of climate, conservation, business and technology.

The Program

The NatureNet Science Fellows Program drives major scientific and engineering advances that confront climate change and all its challenges, trains new leaders in this space from a wide set of disciplines, and creates a network across universities, fellows and the conservation community that ensures tangible change. 

The program involves a novel design that gives Fellows experience in the dual worlds of academia and practice, and provides a space for new disciplinary insights to enter the realm of conservation. Fellows have two mentors, and as a team, they design cross-cutting research that transcends current disciplinary boundaries.  

Tailored thought leadership, collaboration and communications trainings give Fellows the skills needed to take their research beyond publications to impact.  The program’s novel Solution Space, held every year, puts Fellows and mentors across cohorts together in a science hack-a-thon aimed at solving an immediate and pressing conservation problem in a single week.

Thematic Research Areas

Each class of NatureNet Science Fellows will work in thematic research areas.

Subsequent classes may address different areas depending on Conservancy priorities and emerging science.


Meet the 2015 class of NatureNet Fellows

Meet the 2014 class of NatureNet Fellows

Meet the 2013 class of NatureNet Fellows

University Partners 

For more information on the NatureNet Science Fellows program, please contact Katie Dietrich, Program Manager- NatureNet Science Fellows, at

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