Heather Tallis

Heather-TallisHeather Tallis is the first female lead scientist in the history of The Nature Conservancy, where she founded and directs the organization’s Human Dimensions Program (HDP), an initiative to bring human well-being considerations into conservation practice from the planning stage forward. Heather’s current scientific inquiries focus on developing transferable analytical approaches for using information about nature’s benefits in specific policy contexts and for measuring the impacts of conservation management decisions on human well-being.


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Nature as Normal: Our Lead Scientist’s Research Agenda

Nature is critical to people’s lives — so why don’t people think about it that way? TNC Lead Scientist Heather Tallis is researching how to make that happen through three lenses: education, water and poverty.

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Sustainability: Time to Get in the Real Game

Sustainability’s vogue among corporations and national accounting masks its marginality to real decision-making, says TNC’s lead scientist. Here’s how to put it front and center.

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Conservation Next? Getting Real about Rural Stewardship

Conservation’s work with rural land stewards in developing countries is creating an unintentional stewardship vacuum, says Conservancy Lead Scientist Heather Tallis — and we need a new approach.

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Salmon Cam Returns

We’re pleased to return Salmon Cam, a live view of spawning Chinook and coho salmon and steelhead trout.

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Creating a Climate-Smart Agriculture
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