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.