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Jennifer Molnar


Jennifer Molnar

Lead Scientist, Sustainability Science

Jen provides thought leadership on improving society’s ability to create a more sustainable future for nature and people, including through corporate practices and policy.  She also provides strategic leadership on new scientific partnerships with universities and research institutions to bring new disciplines and expertise to the Conservancy’s strategies.
 
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.

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Publications

Book:

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

Articles:

Molnar, J.L. and P Kareiva. 2015. Conservation chemistry. Chemistry & Industry, 79: 40.

Molnar, J.L. The Power of NGO Science to Change Corporate Practices. In prep.

Meyer, S.R., J.L. Molnar, and P. Wheeler. Can Impact Capital Save Conservation? In prep.

Reddy, S.W., D. Whipple, G. Guannel, R. Griffin, J. Faries, T. Boucher, J. Fisher, M. Thompson, J. Brenner, J. Bernhardt, G. Verutes, S. Wood, J. Silver, J. Toft, A. Rogers, A. Maas, A. Guerry, J.L. Molnar, J. DiMuro. Enabling Businesses to Evaluate the Role of Coastal Habitats in Hurricane Risk Mitigation. In prep.

Reddy, S.M.W., R.I. McDonald, A.S. Maas, A. Rogers, E.H. Girvertz, S. Wood, J.L. Molnar, T. Finley, G. Leathers, J. DiMuro. 2015. Identifying Hidden Water Risk in US River Basin. Water Resources and Industry. In press.


Reddy, S.W., R.I. McDonald, A. Maas, A. Rogers, E.H. Givertz, J. North, J.L.Molnar, T. Finley, G. Leathers, J. DiMuro. 2015. Finding solutions to water scarcity: A case study of incorporating ecosystem service values into business planning at The Dow Chemical Company’s Freeport facility. Ecosystem Services http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.12.001i.

DiMuro, J. and J.L. Molnar. 2013. The Economics of Ecosystems. Natural Resources & Environment. 28(1): 43-46.

Molnar, J.L. and I. Kubiszewski. 2012. Managing natural wealth: Research and implementation of ecosystem services in the United States and Canada. Ecosystem Services. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2012.09.005

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.

Spalding M., H. Fox, N. Davidson, Z. Ferdana, M. Finlayson, B. Halpern, M. Jorge, A. Lombana, S. Lourie, K. Martin, E. McManus, J. Molnar, K. Newman, C. Recchia, J. Robertson. 2006. Global Coastal and Marine Biogeographic Regionalization as a Support Tool for Implementation of CBD Programmes of Work. COP8 Information Document 34. Convention on Biological Diversity, Montreal, Canada

Molnar J., M. Marvier, and P. Kareiva. 2004. The Sum Is Greater than the Parts. Conservation Biology 18 (6), 1670-1671.

Molnar, J. and K. Goodridge. 1997. Methane Production and Transport within the Marsh Biome of Biosphere 2. NASA Technical Report 19990021123

 

Jen provides thought leadership on improving society’s ability to create a more sustainable future for nature and people, including through corporate practices and policy.  She also provides strategic leadership on new scientific partnerships with universities and research institutions to bring new disciplines and expertise to the Conservancy’s strategies.
 
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.

Most recently, Jen Molnar was the director of science for The Nature Conservancy, where she was responsible for helping the Conservancy bring the best possible science to the organization's evolving conservation work. She led 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 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.

Contact

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Phone: (703) 841-3939
E-mail: ghenrich-koenis@tnc.org

Areas of Expertise

  • Sustainability
  • Ecosystem Services
  • Decision-Making

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