Spatial Scientist, Global Lands
Fort Collins, Colorado
Sharon Baruch-Mordo is a spatial scientist with The Nature Conservancy’s Global Lands Science team. Her research focuses on siting renewable energy in a responsible way to meet the goals of both climate change mitigation and biodiversity conservation. In her latest work, Sharon asks whether we can meet Paris Climate Agreement goals by developing lower-impact wind and solar renewables on already converted lands, and what are the consequences to biodiversity and carbon assets if development proceeds in an unrestricted manner. Sharon is also part of on-going research by the Global Lands Science team to quantify the extent of human land-use modification and future development risk across the globe.
Sharon previously worked on a wide range of research topics relating to conservation in human-dominated landscapes. She co-led a SNAPP project to study effects of hydraulic fracturing on water quality and quantity, and her previous work at TNC involved developing range-wide models to better understand effects of conservation threats on greater sage-grouse. Before joining TNC, Sharon’s research focused on urban black bear ecology and human-bear interactions and conflicts. She completed her PhD in Ecology (2012) and MS in Wildlife Biology (2007) at the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University, where she currently holds an affiliate faculty position.
Sharon enjoys applying quantitative methods in ecology to conservation issues in order to find solutions to pressing environmental challenges. Her interests are varied and include renewable energy, climate change, spatial ecology, carnivore ecology, animal behavior, and human dimensions of conservation. She enjoys traveling the world exploring new ecosystems and cultures. She is addicted to R.