Evidence of sea level rise. Point Peter Road in Alligator River NWR being swallowed by the Pamlico Sound. The road used to extend far beyond the 4th piling. (North Carolina. May 2016) © The Nature Conservancy (Cara Byington)

Innovative Conservation Science to Meet the Challenges of our Time

Our world faces unprecedented demands for food, water and energy — and meeting these demands without exacerbating climate change and degrading natural systems is the human challenge of our generation. The Nature Conservancy is confronting these challenges head-on — through a commitment to innovation that focuses on everything from natural defenses against extreme weather to encouraging sustainable energy and corporate practices.


Where Conservation Meets Technology

Drones that map remote coastlines and robot grouse to monitor wildlife. Nanotechnology and materials science for clean water and energy. By incorporating science and innovations from fields outside traditional conservation biology, our goal is to transform not only the capacity of conservation science but also the depth and breadth of its tools and the effectiveness of its practitioners.

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NatureNet Science Fellows

Applied Research to Solve Real World Problems in the Face of Our Changing Climate

NatureNet Science Fellows integrate the Conservancy’s broad and long-standing scientific capacity in biology and ecology with engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, geography, economics, chemistry, and physics.

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Science for Nature & People Partnership (SNAPP)

How Can Protecting Nature Help Secure Food, Energy and Water — and Enhance the Quality of Life — for 10 Billion People?

Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) — a new scientific collaboration among The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis — is taking on key questions at the intersection of nature, conservation and human well-being.

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Science Impact Project

Supporting Innovation, Leadership, and Communication for Conservation Success

The Science Impact Project (SIP) draws together exceptional talent from the Conservancy’s global science staff and cultivates superior leadership and communications skills. SIP helps Conservancy scientists develop paradigm-shifting ideas on how to best meet today’s greatest conservation challenges — and gives them the tools and strategies to help put them into action.

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