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Joe Fargione


Joe Fargione

Science Director, The Nature Conservancy, North America Region

Joe Fargione is science director for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region. Joe’s research seeks ways to balance human energy and food demands with environmental conservation. Solutions include appropriate siting of new energy development and new sources for conservation funding including compensatory mitigation payments, carbon offsets, and creating markets that value nature’s benefits.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Joe received a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, a PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and Purdue University. Joe’s dozens of scientific publications have been cited thousands of times and have generated national media coverage, including by NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and The Onion, among others. Joe is a native of Minneapolis, MN, where he resides with his wife and children.

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Win-Win for Wind and Wildlife

Authored by Conservancy Scientists Kiesecker, Fargione and Evans, in addition to a handful of others, the ‘Win-Win for Wind’ report could serve as a road-map for renewable energy development.

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Studies

Is Nature in Trouble in the United States?
A new study from Nature Conservancy scientists ups the ante for funding conservation efforts.

Win-Win for Wind and Wildlife
Authored by Conservancy Scientists Kiesecker, Fargione and Evans, in addition to a handful of others, the ‘Win-Win for Wind’ report could serve as a road-map for renewable energy development.

New Study Shows Converting Land for Biofuels May Worsen Global Warming
More Carbon Lost than Gained When Converting Land for Biofuels Crops; Findings Have Major Implications for Climate Change Policy

Joe Fargione is science director for The Nature Conservancy’s North America Region. Joe’s research seeks ways to balance human energy and food demands with environmental conservation. Solutions include appropriate siting of new energy development and new sources for conservation funding including compensatory mitigation payments, carbon offsets, and creating markets that value nature’s benefits.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Joe received a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College, a PhD in Ecology from the University of Minnesota and held faculty positions at the University of New Mexico and Purdue University. Joe’s dozens of scientific publications have been cited thousands of times and have generated national media coverage, including by NBC Nightly News, Time Magazine, The New York Times, and The Onion, among others. Joe is a native of Minneapolis, MN, where he resides with his wife and children.

Download Joe's CV (PDF)

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  • Energy production
  • Land use
  • Valuing nature’s benefits

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