James (J.T.) Erbaugh is an Applied Social Scientist in the Nature Conservancy's Global Science Department. He uses mixed- and quantitative methods to understand the relationship between environmental governance and human well-being. James examines the development of institutions, conservation actions, and the political, economic, as well as environmental impacts such actions have. His recent work studies community-based conservation, the impacts of Natural Climate Solutions on human well-being, the role of communication in environmental governance, and sustainable development.
In addition to his work at The Nature Conservancy, James is a lecturer and maintains an adjunct affiliation with the Department of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth College. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, he was a National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resource Policy and Behavior from the University of Michigan, an M.Phil. from the University of Oxford, and a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Philosophy from Miami University. James has also been a Fulbright Grantee in Indonesia and taught middle school science on the Navajo Nation.