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Conservation International Appoints New Leadership to Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science and Americas Field Division

July 17, 2018

“With Mike heading up our scientific research and Daniela managing our conservation programs, Conservation International is well positioned to effectively develop, deliver, and measure our efforts to save nature for the benefit of people worldwide,” said Conservation International CEO Dr. M. Sanjayan.

In his new role, Mascia will direct the Moore Center’s efforts to better understand humanity’s dependence upon and relationship with nature. Through research, technical assistance, and capacity-building, the Moore Center strives to address three questions: how much nature do people need, how can we best conserve nature, and what are the impacts of conservation on nature and the people who depend upon it?

Mascia joined Conservation International in 2014 as the Senior Director of Social Science at the Moore Center, where he concentrated his research on the ebb and flow of protected areas, why conservation interventions go viral, and the impacts of conservation. Previously, he led social science at the World Wildlife Fund and worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

He is published widely in scientific literature such as Nature, Science, Conservation Letters (where he served as founding co-editor in chief), Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and Conservation Biology. He received his Ph.D. from Duke University in environmental politics and policy and holds a B.A. from Bowdoin College in biology and government. Mike is also currently serving as the President of the Board of the Society for Conservation Biology, the first social scientist to do so.

Raik steps into the role of Senior Vice President for the Americas Field Division, having served as the Senior Vice President and managing director of the Moore Center since 2016. Conservation International has over 20 years of experience throughout Central and South America executing major conservation programs in fields ranging from green development to remote sensing and land-use planning, among others.

In March 2016, Daniela returned to Conservation International after leading the Climate Change, Natural Resources and Biodiversity department at International Resources Group. Previously, she worked at Conservation International for 10 years, serving in a number of roles, including as Vice President of Field Program Management, guiding the work of its field division in nearly 30 countries.

She has a Ph.D. and M.S. in Natural Resources from Cornell University, and a B.A. in Biology from New York University.


About Conservation International

Conservation International uses science, policy and partnerships to protect the nature that people rely on for food, fresh water and livelihoods. Founded in 1987, Conservation International works in more than 30 countries on six continents to ensure a healthy, prosperous planet that supports us all. Learn more about Conservation International, the groundbreaking “Nature Is Speaking” campaign and its series of virtual reality projects: “My Africa”, “Under the Canopy” and “Valen’s Reef.” Follow Conservation International’s work on our Human Nature blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About the Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science

The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science uses research and science to guide the development, delivery and evaluation of Conservation International’s efforts to protect nature and sustain life on Earth. In support of field programs in 30 countries worldwide, the Moore Center serves as a bridge between academia and the field through partnerships with MIT, Arizona State University, University of Hawaii, University of Adelaide, UC Santa Barbara, and King’s College of London in addition to work with government agencies such as NASA, the European Space Agency and Stockholm Environment Institute. The Center’s scientists are frequently published in leading scientific journals and many hold faculty positions at top universities throughout the U.S.