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Science Advisory Council

The Conservancy’s Board membership includes several highly regarded scientists.

The Nature Conservancy uses a science-based conservation approach to achieve our mission. As such, the Conservancy relies on insights and knowledge from the world of science to make our conservation work more effective. To ensure that The Nature Conservancy’s Board of Directors has access to good scientific advice, the Board membership includes several highly regarded scientists. In addition, to strengthen our ties to academic and public agency scientists globally, in September of 2005 the Board created the Science Advisory Council.

Since 2005, the Science Advisory Council has included Board scientists as well as other external experts from diverse disciplines, perspectives, experiences, and geographies. Their expertise has included marine conservation, ecology, economics, U.S. federal conservation policy, global climate change, and ecological genetics, among other research topics.

The creation of and continued support for the Science Advisory Council reflects the desire of the Board and Conservancy leadership to have access to the best science and scientists in areas critical to future conservation efforts. It also emphasizes the important role science plays in the Conservancy’s conservation approach.

Science Advisory Council Members

Current Science Advisory Council members include:

Mark Burgman, Imperial College London
James C. Carrington, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Gretchen Daily, Stanford University
Ana Parma, CONICET, the Argentine Council for Science and Technology
Steve Polasky, University of Minnesota
Hugh Possingham, The Nature Conservancy
Mary Ruckelshaus, Stanford University
Jorge Soberon, University of Kansas
Frances A. Ulmer, Alaska (Former Trustee for The Nature Conservancy in Alaska)

Mark Burgman

James C. Carrington

Gretchen Daily

Ana Parma

Steve Polasky

Hugh Possingham

Mary Ruckelshaus

Jorge Soberon

Frances A. Ulmer


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