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Max Lambert

Director of Science


Max Lambert headshot.

Max Lambert Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Washington. © Hannah Letinich

Area of Expertise

Renewable Energy, Stormwater Management, Equitable Conservation


As a research scientist I aim to bring the best available science to conservation decision making. I was classically trained in wildlife, fish, and conservation biology at UC Davis. I later earned my masters and PhD from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (now School of the Environment). Prior to coming to TNC, I was a senior research scientist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife where I managed a team of researchers in studying some of the state’s most pressing biodiversity and ecosystem conservation and restoration problems. Much of my early conservation work was focused on raptors, waterfowl, amphibians, and turtles.

Over my career I’ve tackled conservation issues in working forests, farmlands, suburbs, cities, and protected areas. I work on topics ranging from recovering listed species to enhancing regional biodiversity, managing stormwater, deploying renewable energy, the housing crisis and equitable access to conservation outcomes.

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