Sanjayan

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 nature.org.



Sanjayan's Posts

Beyond ‘The Tragedy of the Commons’: Why Conservation Needs a Rethink

October 27th, 2009
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Of course this year’s Nobel Peace Prize got all the press — as that prize nearly always does. The Nobel Prize in economics, by contrast, went almost unnoticed. That’s a double shame. First, because it was given to Dr. Elinor Ostrom of the Indiana University and Arizona State University — the first woman ever to […] More

The Book I Gave (And Didn’t Give) Senator Baucus

October 7th, 2009
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The other week, flying back home from DC to Montana, I found myself sitting across the airplane aisle from Max Baucus, the senior senator from Montana – powerful, influential, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and author of a leading version of the much ballyhooed health care bill. One of the advantages of living in […] More

Peace Through Conservation: Liberia, Sierra Leone and Sri Lanka

June 8th, 2009
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Last month, the presidents of two of the poorest countries on earth, Sierra Leone and Liberia, did something extraordinary. They met and formally created a transboundary national park out of the best chunks of remaining lowland tropical forest in the two countries, in the hopes that conservation would bring them something that decades of resource […] More

10 Fashion Tips for Hip Conservationists

April 27th, 2009
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A president of a major foundation called me late one evening recently to discuss the agenda of a conference we were both attending the next day in Aspen. After going through the details he had one last question: What, he asked a little timorously, should he wear — what was the dress code? It may […] More

Expedition to the Solomon Islands: Why Islands Matter

March 23rd, 2009
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(Editor’s note: Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist, is traveling in the Solomon Islands to explore the amazing diversity of life and the fast vanishing marine and terrestrial habitats on these islands. As part of this expedition, Sanjayan’s experiences will be made available to students across the United States by the interactive curricula company Promethean […] More

Expedition to the Solomon Islands: Giant Eels, Strangler Figs and Tasty Yams

March 17th, 2009
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(Editor’s note: Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist, is traveling in the Solomon Islands to explore the amazing diversity of life and the fast vanishing marine and terrestrial habitats on these islands. As part of this expedition, Sanjayan’s experiences will be made available to students across the United States by the interactive curricula company Promethean […] More

Expedition to the Solomon Islands: Spinner Dolphins and Turtle Tagging

March 13th, 2009
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(Editor’s note: Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist, is traveling in the Solomon Islands to explore the amazing diversity of life and the fast vanishing marine and terrestrial habitats on these islands. As part of this expedition, Sanjayan’s experiences will be made available to students across the United States by the interactive curricula company Promethean […] More

Expedition to the Solomon Islands: Days 1 and 2

March 13th, 2009
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(Editor’s note: Sanjayan, The Nature Conservancy’s lead scientist, is traveling in the Solomon Islands to explore the amazing diversity of life and the fast vanishing marine and terrestrial habitats on these islands. As part of this expedition, Sanjayan’s experiences will be made available to students across the United States by the interactive curricula company Promethean […] More

Ten Tips for Budding Young Conservationists

March 6th, 2009
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(Image: Sanjayan (left), lead scientist with The Nature Conservancy, working with local professional scuba divers and non-governmental conservation organization staff, investigates December 2004 tsunami damage to coral reef ecosystems in coastal areas near Galle, Sri Lanka. Credit: Mark Godfrey/TNC. ) “What skills do I need to get a job in conservation”? I visit dozens of […] More

Ocelots: Tracking America’s Rarest Cat

February 19th, 2009
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The rarest cat in America — the ocelot — lives in the southmost corner of Texas, near Brownsville. It’s a spotted cat, marigold yellow and black, about the size of a small border collie — and a few weeks ago I was asked to go help catch one. Jody Mays works for the U.S. Fish […] More

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