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Peter W. Ellis

Global Director of Natural Climate Solutions Science

Portland, Maine

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Peter Ellis Global Director of Climate Science for The Nature Conservancy. © Courtesy of Peter Ellis

Areas of Expertise

Forestry, Climate Change, Forest Ecology


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Peter leads a global team of scientists that conduct research to motivate and inform the design and implementation of natural climate solutions. For example, Peter investigates the climate and biodiversity impacts of forest management, and is working with field programs in Indonesia, Mexico, Gabon and elsewhere to measure the climate performance of reduced impact logging.

Prior to joining the Conservancy in 2010, Peter worked at the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Gabon, Africa. He received a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a M.S. from the Field Naturalist Program at the University of Vermont. He is trained as a field forester, forest ecologist, botanist, and geospatial scientist.

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