Rebecca Goldman is a senior scientist at The Nature Conservancy, which she joined in June 2008. Her main responsibilities include working with scientists on the Conservancy's board of directors and working on ecosystem services topics and projects. Most recently, her focus has been on water fund projects which are rapidly proliferating throughout Central and South America. Specifically, she is 1) helping design technical monitoring plans for these projects to ensure that the Conservancy's conservation investments are effective and 2) analyzing the potential for replicating the water fund approach globally.
Rebecca earned her Ph.D. in 2008 from Stanford University's Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources, working there with Gretchen Daily and Buzz Thompson. Her thesis focused on ecosystem services and the design of incentives for their provision. Rebecca continues to be interested in the link between ecosystem service provision, biodiversity conservation and the enhancement of human well-being.
Conservation needs to firmly measure its socioeconomic impacts, says Rebecca Goldman -- or else risk losing credibility. More
Since I started my position as senior scientist at The Nature Conservancy a year and a half ago, I have been outspoken in the crusade to measure the impacts of the organization’s conservation strategies. Sure, I love knowing that the Conservancy has, for instance: Helped create new marine protected areas which cover hundreds of hectares, […] More
There is a growing demand from science, from policy and from conservation itself to include people in conservation. In the meantime, conservationists are still trying to figure out how to best conserve habitats and species and now how to do this with climate change. Now we’re piling on people, too? But I would argue that […] More
I am guessing that few if any people reading this would picture people when they think about an ecosystem. I know when I think ecosystems, I think plants, animals, rivers, etc., but not people. Ecosystems are about nature. People aren’t nature, right? But, by definition, there is nothing that excludes people from being part of […] More
As scientists we are trained to speak in uncertain terms, to couch evidence in probabilities, and to be accurate about our inaccuracies. The consequence: an insider language. To be fair, we are not trying to sound overly intellectual (at least not always). Rather, we are not taught nor rewarded for other communication types. In addition, […] More
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