Partnering with Arizona State University

Training the next generation of conservation leaders — while protecting the nature people need to thrive


Conservation International and Arizona State University (ASU) are working together to protect nature, and train the next generation of conservation leaders.

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Conservation International CEO M. Sanjayan explains the importance of the partnership between Arizona State University and CI. To learn more, please visit:

M. Sanjayan, Conservation International's CEO, on why we're thrilled about this partnership with the country's most innovative university.

Too often, there is no collaboration between researchers and practitioners — meaning valuable research doesn’t inform and impact real-world efforts. Together, Conservation International and ASU are working to change this, collaboratively researching critical environment issues to drive progress on a global scale.

Partnering to drive new research

ASU and Conservation International began partnering in September 2016 with the hire of six ASU-Conservation International Professors of Practice to drive collaborative research and education on global conservation. The partnership has since evolved to align with the ASU Global Future Laboratory. This renewed partnership will focus research on two initial areas:

Negative emissions

Scientists will explore the link between nature-based solutions and engineering solutions to mitigate carbon.


A collaborative research and education agenda focused on conserving global marine resources.

Conservation International's professors of Practice

A cohort of conservation practitioners actively engaging with ASU faculty and students



ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.

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A group of Conservation International research professors and fellows will bring their conservation expertise to ASU's world-class university system, providing a platform for collaborative research and exploration between the two institutions. These scientists will conduct research on how natural climate solutions, combined with engineering solutions, can mitigate carbon from the atmosphere to combat the climate crisis. The team will also explore new research and solutions for conserving marine resources on a global scale. As part of partnership, each scientist will lecture at ASU throughout their tenure on critical conservation topics to train the next generation of conservation leaders.


Professors of practice


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M. Sanjayan, Ph.D.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. M. Sanjayan is a conservation scientist and chief executive officer of Conservation International, an organization working primarily in the Global South to secure nature for humanity.

Dave Hole, Ph.D.

Vice President, Global Solutions, Moore Center for Science

Dr. Dave Hole’s research focuses on understanding the role that ecosystems — and the biodiversity that underpins them — play in supporting sustainable development.

John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger, Ph.D.

Vice President, Global Fisheries and Aquaculture program

As the Vice President, Global Fisheries and Aquaculture program in Conservation International's Center for Oceans, Dr. Kittinger works to ensure a healthy ocean provides benefits to coastal communities.


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