Growing up I was always concerned with “saving nature” until one day I realized it isn’t nature that needs saving, it’s the people who rely on it. My background has given me both an acute awareness of how fragile humanity's dependence on nature is and the skills to make that more visible so we can do something about it. My research centers on the relationships between people and nature, particularly in the context of land and natural resource use decisions. I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in Earth Systems Science from Stanford and a PhD in Environmental Science Policy and Management from University of California, Berkeley. As Global Biodiversity Lead Scientist at WWF I work throughout the network and with external partners to advance the science and implementation of conservation strategies to support biodiversity and its myriad contributions to people's well-being. I care deeply about finding ways people can thrive, sustainably and equitably, on this planet, and my aim is to develop science that can help chart a path toward a more sustainable future.