wopa070501_d114Sanjayan is The Nature Conservancy's lead scientist. He works to ensure that the Conservancy is using the best ideas in science in order to implement its mission.

He has spoken at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg and at the Aspen Ideas Festival, been featured in numerous articles and TV shows in venues from the New York Times to the BBC to NBC's TODAY and has published in the journals Science and Nature, among others.

His column Wild Life appears regularly on

Sanjayan's Posts

Becoming a Witness to Climate Change

November 25th, 2013

Intellectualizing climate change is one thing. But to see a changing climate first hand? That's an experience that will stick with our lead scientist forever. More

Harley-Davidson a New Partner in Conservation

August 26th, 2013

What does a conservationist look like? Many wear motorcycle helmets, as proven by the new partnership between The Nature Conservancy and Harley-Davidson. More

De-Tusking Mountain Bull

November 26th, 2012

As long as demand for ivory persists, the future of tens of thousands of elephants in Africa is far from certain. We cannot afford to lose many more. More

A Tsunami of Suds

November 13th, 2012

A mountain of foam from a local creek consumed the road that Conservancy lead scientist, Sanjayan, was traveling on in Africa. With fresh water an increasingly important – and scarce – commodity, what can be done to protect it? More

An Open Letter to #7,000,000,000

October 31st, 2011

The world population hits 7 billion today. Lead scientist Sanjayan has a message for the milestone baby, and it includes is plenty of both good and bad news. More

The Kids Are Alright

September 16th, 2011

A colleague had to decide between giving their 10-year-old son a week at camp in Minnesota or an iPad. For Sanjayan the answer was easy, and surprising. More

Thelon Expedition: Final Camp – Where God Began

August 12th, 2011

At the final camp of the expedition Sanjayan reflects on the meaning of the journey and what lies ahead for this vast land and the people that call it home. More

Thelon Expedition: Fluid Motion

August 9th, 2011

Sanjayan found a kayaking legend who would teach him everything he needed to know before the expedition on the river. Well, he did leave out one minor detail. More

Thelon Expedition: Left Things Late

August 8th, 2011

The buggy evening, without a spot of wind, was transformed near midnight into a gale. We had picked out campsite designed for the views and to catch the slightest breeze; we were unprepared for the hard rain. More

Thelon Expedition: The Country

August 3rd, 2011

Overnight, a storm gathered in silence and quickly pounced. The hot windless evening of yesterday has been replaced by lashing rain and gale force winds. Our tents are anchored with heavy rocks, and yet we fear to leave them empty for too long lest they are tossed into the river. More

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