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The Nature Conservancy Science Council

The Nature Conservancy uses a science-based conservation approach to achieve our mission. As such, the Conservancy relies on insights and knowledge from the world of science to make our conservation work more effective. To ensure that The Nature Conservancy’s Board of Directors has access to good scientific advice, the Board membership includes several highly regarded scientists. In addition, to strengthen our ties to academic and public agency scientists globally, in September of 2005 the Board created the Science Council.

Since 2005, the Science Council has included Board scientists as well as other external experts from diverse disciplines, perspectives, experiences, and geographies. Their expertise has included marine conservation, ecology, economics, U.S. federal conservation policy, global climate change, and ecological genetics, among other research topics.

The creation of and continued support for the Science Council reflects the desire of the Board and Conservancy leadership to have access to the best science and scientists in areas critical to future conservation efforts. It also emphasizes the important role science plays in the Conservancy’s conservation approach.

Science Council Members

Current Science Council members include:

James C. Carrington, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Gretchen Daily, Stanford University
Jane Lubchenco, Oregon State University
Ana Parma, CONICET, the Argentine Council for Science and Technology
Steve Polasky, University of Minnesota
Mary Ruckelshaus, Stanford University
Jorge Soberon, University of Kansas
P. Roy Vagelos, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

James C. Carrington

Gretchen Daily

Jane Lubchenco

Ana Parma

Steve Polasky

Mary Ruckelshaus

Jorge Soberon

P. Roy Vagelos


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