I'm lucky enough to work on some of the most compelling, urgent, existential issues of our time - as a sustainability strategist, climate change ecologist, conservation biologist, planner, policy translator, and media and communications strategist.
I lead teams; I support others leading teams; I translate science into policy, planning and management. I teach, mentor, write, and speak about stuff publicly, to try to make the world a better place. There's not enough time in the day.
My passions involve helping the world learn from its mistakes to become smarter, fairer, cleaner - taking steps towards a new world order, 'where people and the planet actually matter.'
I've worked globally, nationally, bioregionally and locally - often with one foot in government and the other in academia - on climate change, biodiversity, fire ecology, wildlands and urban landscapes, human ecology and behavior change.
By day, I'm Chief Scientific and Policy Officer in the Conservation Biology Institute's executive leadership team, and Affiliate (full) Professor (environmental futures, sustainability and conservation science) at the University of Washington.
Before that, I ran the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, worked with the Center for Large Landscape Conservation for the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group and its Transport and Marine Connectivity working groups. I'm also research associate of the University of Cape Town's (UCT's) FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology and its African Climate and Development Initiative.
I've been privileged to work in southern Africa for 34 years, through early 2017. I was lead scientist for climate change bioadaptation and biodiversity futures at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). I led two joint SANBI / UCT research teams: one on future scenarios for biodiversity under land use and policy change in Africa, and one on endemic birds' vulnerability to climate and land use change along Africa's southwestern coasts. Before that, I founded and ran Namibia's first national programs on biodiversity and climate change.
Impatient with the limitations of science, I'm interested in (and trying to hasten) sustainability tipping points - in the natural world, in human economies and behavior, in society and politics.
By night, I'm a loving wife, parent, neighbor, community volunteer and media student.
These are times of rapid social, political, environmental, and often personal change. We need to look forward, accelerate our work, and increase our collective impact. Contact me to talk collaboration!