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Partnering with Arizona State University

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

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Conservation International and Arizona State University are launching a landmark partnership to protect nature, promote sustainable development models 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 new partnership with the country's most innovative university.


Over the next five years, Conservation International and ASU will combine institutional strengths to focus on achieving the following goals:


Train the next generation of conservation leaders


Protect 1 million hectares of essential natural capital vital to human well-being


Transition 100 million food producers to sustainable production



Through this partnership, Conservation International provides ASU with opportunities to translate research into action to produce real-world conservation solutions. ASU provides Conservation International with a wealth of research capacity and the opportunity to interact with, train and influence young leaders in conservation.

All too often, a lack of collaboration between researchers and practitioners results in the valuable research from world-renowned academic institutions not informing work in the field. This “research-action” gap presents a missed opportunity to not only maximize the collective brainpower tackling critical conservation issues, but to enhance our understanding around the effectiveness of conservation practices. What is working, what isn’t and how we can realize the transformative conservation impacts we aim to achieve? Together, Conservation International and ASU are positioned to address these questions.​


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

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    ASU and Conservation International will select six professors of practice who will bring applied conservation expertise from Conservation International into ASU's world-class university system, providing a platform for collaborative applied research and inquiry between the two institutions. Each professor of practice will conduct research focused on shared interest areas and teach and mentor the next generation of conservation leaders.

    Professors of practice


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    M. Sanjayan, Ph.D.

    Chief Executive Officer

    M. Sanjayan, a global conservation scientist specializing in how nature preserves and enhances human life, serves as Conservation International’s chief executive officer.

    Dave Hole, Ph.D.

    Vice President, Global Solutions, Moore Center for Science

    ​Dr. Dave Hole’s interests focus on understanding the role that ecosystems, and the biodiversity that underpins them, play in supporting pathways to sustainable global development.

    Jorge Ahumada, Ph.D.

    Senior Wildlife Conservation Scientist, Moore Center for Science

    ​​​Dr. Jorge ​A. ​Ahumada​'s work with Conservation International ​features the use of camera traps ​and the ​Wildlife Picture Index​ ​​to monitor vertebrates.​ He is ​interest​ed​​ in applying mathematical models to solve applied conservation problems ​through projects that vary from studying the impacts of climate change on disease and biodiversity to incorporating the effects of temperature and rainfall on models of disease-transmitting carriers.

    Rosimeiry Portela, Ph.D.

    Senior Director, Ecological Economist, Moore Center for Science

    Dr. Rosimeiry Portela leads research that relies on a variety of modeling techniques to estimate the benefits and values of ecosystem services in terrestrial and marine environments.

    John N. (“Jack”) Kittinger, Ph.D.

    Senior Director, Blue Production Program, Center for Oceans

    As the senior director of the Blue Production Program in Conservation International's Center for Oceans, Dr. Kittinger works to ensure a healthy ocean provides benefits to coastal communities.

    Percy Summers, Ph.D.

    Director, USAID Sustainable Landscape Program, Conservation International-Peru

    Percy Summers is the director of sustainable landscapes for Conservation International Peru.

    Miroslav Honzák, Ph.D.

    Senior Director, Assessing Nature's Value, Moore Center for Science

    Dr. Miroslav Honzák’s research focuses on complex systems analysis of ecosystem services trade-offs and tipping points. Miroslav develops strategic partnerships with leading international conservation and development institutions, academia, government agencies and businesses, and facilitates dissemination of research findings.

    Partnership directors

    Partnership managers

    Dr. Michael B. Mascia
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    Dr. Michael B. Mascia

    Senior Vice President, Moore Center for Science
    Conservation International

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    Katie Russell

    Development & Partnership Director
    Conservation International

    Dr. Leah Gerber
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    Dr. Leah Gerber

    Founding Director, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes

    Senior Sustainability Scientist
    Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability

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    Amy Scoville-Weaver
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    Amy Scoville-Weaver

    Project Manager
    Arizona State University

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