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Terry Cook

Ecologist, Tennessee

Brentwood, TN

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Terry Cook Terry Cook is The Nature Conservancy's Tennessee state director. © Courtesy/Terry Cook

Areas of Expertise

conservation leadership, aquatic ecology, urban conservation, global environmental sustainability


In 2023, Terry Cook stepped down from his role as The Nature Conservancy's state director in Tennessee to pursue special projects and spend more time with family. During his tenure as state director, he supervised a staff of more than twenty professionals working around the state to protect and enhance the health of Tennessee's forests, waters, caves and cities for the benefit of people and nature.

Before moving to Tennessee, Terry worked in various capacities—over several decades—as director of science in Texas and Washington, director of the Mid-Atlantic Science Center, an eastern regional scientist and as the state director in Kentucky. Terry has been a John Sawhill Fellow, a TNC's Global Science Leadership Team member and served on its Africa Council.

Terry holds a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Ferrum College and an M.S. in Range Ecology from Texas A&M University. He is based in Brentwood, where he lives with his wife, Laura Cook, and their children, Elizabeth and Cody.

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