Jonathan Hoekstra

Jonathan Hoekstra is one of The Nature Conservancy's senior scientists, providing global science leadership on diverse issues including restoration of the Gulf of Mexico, climate change, ecosystem services, energy, and agriculture. Jon is lead author of the Atlas of Global Conservation, the most comprehensive and detailed assessment of current trends in the natural world. He earned B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, and a Ph.D in Zoology from the University of Washington.

Jonathan's Posts

3 Holiday Wishes for Kids

December 22nd, 2011

You can't find these gifts in any store, but you can find them in nature. Scientist Jon Hoekstra shares his hopes for kids today. More

The Nature Conservancy in 2010: A Big, Bold Year

January 31st, 2011

Our 2010 highlights video showcases some incredible work—but what does it all mean? Conservancy senior scientist Jon Hoekstra digs deeper and finds what he thinks is the heart and soul of conservation. More

The Gulf Needs a Restoration Economy

November 5th, 2010

Was the Gulf oil spill actually good for the region's economy? Maybe in the short-term -- but the Gulf needs a long-term restoration economy, says Conservancy scientist Jonathan Hoekstra. More

Russian Wildfires Recall Southwest’s Experience: Smoke, Fire and Difficulty Breathing

September 3rd, 2010

See why Conservancy scientist Patrick McCarthy says similar fires closer to home provided concrete evidence of climate change. More

Weird, Wild Weather: A Preview of Global Warming’s Effects

August 24th, 2010

Floods, fires, drought, smog in Moscow's Red Square (above) -- there's been some wild weather lately across the globe. Time to start linking it to climate change, says Conservancy scientist Jonathan Hoekstra. More

The Gulf Oil Spill: The Story’s Not Over

August 13th, 2010

The wellhead might be capped, but don't be fooled — the response to the Gulf oil spill is just beginning, says Conservancy scientist Jonathan Hoekstra. More

Stopping Deforestation on the Amazonian Frontier

May 18th, 2010

How do you transform a Brazilian municipality from a lawless hotspot of deforestation into a leader in Amazon conservation? It's complicated -- but the Conservancy's helped make it happen, says Jonathan Hoekstra. More

From Cold War to Hot Peace: The Stakes at Copenhagen

December 5th, 2009

For much of the latter half of the 20th century, the world was locked in a cold war. Two superpowers amassed nuclear arsenals capable of destroying the world many times over.The world took sides and watched as the superpowers stared one another down, fingers poised over red buttons that could only lead to mutually assured […] More

Searching for Climate Change Cures

December 2nd, 2009

Even if an international agreement in Copenhagen succeeds in putting the world on a pathway toward significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions, people and nature are going to be dealing with the impacts of rising seas, melting permafrost and changing climate patterns for years to come. What are the cures? How can we help people and […] More

The Real Meaning of Those Stolen Climate Emails

November 30th, 2009

The pilfering of email correspondence among climate scientists from a major climate center in Britain two weeks ago has grown into a very public controversy unimaginatively dubbed “Climategate.” Some of the emails revealed those scientists scoffing at (but also fearful of) climate skeptics — to the point of wanting to block publication of some scientific […] More

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