Climate Adaptation Program Director, Maine
Jeremy Bell is Maine TNC’s Climate Adaptation Program Director, working across the state and beyond to protect people and nature from the effects of climate change.
Jeremy works on issues primarily related to water – whether supporting on the ground project, improving policy, or finding innovative funding streams to meet the scale of the problem. For example, promoting right-sized road stream crossings that can survive increasingly intense rain events in rural communities, or providing coastal communities with the tools to build ‘living shorelines’, a more natural way of slowing the damage of erosion to marshes and bluffs.
Jeremy previously oversaw the implementation of TNC's Nearshore Habitat Restoration and Diadromous Fish Connectivity Strategies in Maine.
“Climate change is the conservation issue of our time, and possibly the biggest challenge we face as an organization. It affects our forests, rivers, and the ocean in so many ways. The time is now to meet these challenges head on, and that’s why I am inspired to help make both human communities and natural habitats more resilient while we work to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to stabilize the climate.”
Prior to coming to TNC, he was the Wetlands Program Manager for the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration and a project manager there for nearly ten years. Before that, Jeremy lived and worked in Seattle, Washington managing stream, wetland, and Pacific salmon enhancement projects.
Jeremy has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a focus in science writing from Michigan State University, and a Master of Environmental Studies with an emphasis on wetlands ecology and management from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.
Johnson, E.S., J.M. Bell, D. Coker, E. Hertz, N. LaBarge, G. Blake, 2018. “A Lifeline and Social Vulnerability Analysis of Sea Level Rise Impacts on Rural Coastal Communities.” Shore & Beach 86(4): 36-44.