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Stephen Wood

Senior Scientist, Agriculture and Food Systems

New Haven, CT

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Stephen Wood Senior Scientist for Agriculture and Food Systems in the Provide Food and Water team at The Nature Conservancy. © Andrew Benson/TNC

Areas of Expertise

soil science, agriculture, sustainability science, ecosystem ecology, nutrition





Stephen Wood is a Senior Scientist for Agriculture & Food Systems in the Provide Food and Water Sustainably team at The Nature Conservancy.

Steve’s expertise is in soil science, agroecology, food systems, and climate change. Steve is the science lead for TNC’s Regenerative Foodscapes strategy where he works on developing new data for foodscapes planning and supporting monitoring, evaluation and learning of the portfolio of foodscapes. He also works on Natural Climate Solutions science in agriculture and grazing lands. His other projects include coordinating TNC’s work on agricultural methane and AgEvidence, a data platform showing the impact of conservation agriculture practices in the US Corn Belt and Kenya.

Before joining The Nature Conservancy, Steve was a NatureNet Science Fellow with The Nature Conservancy and the Yale School of the Environment. Steve has a Ph.D. from the Department of Ecology, Evolution & Environmental Biology at Columbia University, where he was part of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at The Earth Institute and studied the impact of agricultural practices promoted by the Millennium Villages Project on soil nutrient cycling and microbial ecology. He has an appointment as a Research Scientist and Lecturer at the Yale School of the Environment and is based in New Haven, CT. Steve’s CV and publications can be found at his website.

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