NatureNet Science Fellows

Creating a New Generation of Conservation Science Leaders

Our world faces unprecedented challenges with climate change. NatureNet Science Fellows help solve them. 

A pursuit of The Nature Conservancy and leading research universities, the NatureNet Science Fellows program is a trans-disciplinary postdoctoral fellowship aimed at bridging academic excellence and conservation practice to confront climate change and create a new generation of conservation leaders who marry the rigor of academic science and analysis to real-world application in the field.

NatureNet Fellows

Research and the Real World

NatureNet Science Fellows work on groundbreaking research to address climate change, the most pressing conservation challenge of our time. Now in its third year, the NatureNet Fellows program pushes conservation science into entirely new areas that embrace existing and emerging technologies and disciplines, from nanotechnology for clean water and energy, to DNA-based genetic analysis to inform land management.

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NatureNet 2015

Energy Tech from Clams, Rethinking Island Biogeography & More

In projects from New York to Costa Rica, Kenya to Ghana, the six post docs of the 2015 Cohort of NatureNet Fellows are developing and field testing solutions-based science, including projects to develop new, efficient photovoltaic clean energy technologies based on the light-scattering cells of giant clams, as well as the first comprehensive water management plan for New York using new hydroeconomic models.

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NatureNet Fellows 2014

Nanotech for Clean Water, Forest Conservation for Fresh Water, Sustainability in India & More

Now in the second year of their Fellowships, the eight scientists of the 2014 Cohort have been reporting findings from their work around the world. Projects include the development of nanotechnology for clean water, as well as new science combining genetic information and land use mapping to inform the protection of wildlife connectivity in India as the country embarks on more than $1 trillion worth of infrastructure development over the next decade.

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NatureNet Fellows 2013

Smart Planning for Energy Infrastructure, Urban Ecology, Nanotechnology and More

In 2013, nine scientists — with specialties from energy infrastructure to urban ecology, Kenyan pastoral techniques to nanotechnology — were named to the inaugural cohort of NatureNet Science Fellows. Their research has lead to several important findings, including breakthroughs in nanotechnology for clean energy, as well as applied science that could benefit more than 4.5 million acres of produce fields across the U.S. by showing that removing habitat from around farm fields does not make food safer.

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