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Ann and Tom Friedman Fellowship

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Today’s global environmental challenges require breakthrough leadership.

Investing in emerging talent and the bold and life-changing ideas they generate are among the most important contributions we can make. Tom and I are delighted to establish the Friedman Fellowship Program for Science at Conservation International to support brilliant science minds as they pursue their dreams and find new solutions to these 21st-century challenges.

Ann Friedman



Contact Info and Current Positions

For questions, please contact:
Kelsey Rosenbaum
Director of Global Exchanges + Technical Fellows Program
(703) 341-2853

The Ann and Tom Friedman Fellows for Science Program recognizes and supports the key role that science plays in achieving Conservation International’s conservation goals. During the two-year program, the Friedman science fellows will have the opportunity to participate in a cohort program that will provide leadership training, site visits and mentoring. Supported by Conservation International’s vast network of staff and partners, they will effectively advance their research and its application on the ground ​in our priority regions around the world.

Conservation International is coming up with innovative ways to document and quantify the benefits of a healthy planet, and the Friedman fellows will contribute important scientific research to advance that work — and solve our greatest conservation challenges.


Current Fellows

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Jonah Busch

Climate Economics Fellow

Jonah rejoins Conservation International as the organization’s Climate Economics Fellow, researching the benefits and costs of natural climate solutions — actions that conserve, restore or improve nature’s capacity to absorb and store carbon from the atmosphere. His work will help Conservation International and others identify cost-effective ways to combat climate change by protecting, managing and restoring natural ecosystems.

Jonah has published more than thirty scientific articles on climate, forests, biodiversity and sustainable development, and is the co-author of the book “Why Forests? Why Now? The Science, Economics, and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change.” He has advised numerous governments and institutions on the design of climate and forest finance mechanisms. An environmental economist, Jonah holds a Ph.D. in economics and environmental science from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


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Rachel Golden Kroner

Environmental Governance Fellow

Rachel is a conservation scientist with a passion for producing and communicating research to increase the impact and durability of conservation strategies. She leads Conservation International’s Conservation Governance Atlas initiative, which explores how lands and waters are governed and how they have changed over time. Her contributions through this fellowship include research on where, when and why governments have rolled back restrictions, shrunk boundaries or eliminated protected areas — considered the cornerstone of conservation efforts. She has a special place in her heart for Amazonian forests, but loves to study (and visit!) all types of ecosystems and learn about new cultures. Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy. She is based in Arlington.