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Liz Kalies

Renewable Energy Scientist, North America Regional Office

Durham, NC

Liz Kalies stands in front of a large solar panel.

Liz Kalies Liz Kalies headshot. © TNC

Areas of Expertise

Renewable energy, wildlife ecology, forest & restoration ecology


Debbie Crane


Liz Kalies is the Lead Renewable Energy Scientist for the North America region of The Nature Conservancy, and an adjunct associate professor at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. At TNC, she develops sound science to support the clean energy transition, particularly focused on renewable energy siting and design practices. She won the NC Sustainable Energy Association's Clean Energy Innovator of the Year Award in 2019 for her chapter’s efforts to develop best management practices for wildlife conservation at solar facilities. She has a PhD in wildlife ecology from Northern Arizona University, a master’s degree in ecology from Yale University, and a BS in biology from Cornell University.

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