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Conservation International Names Bronson Griscom Senior Director of Natural Climate Solutions

August 26, 2019

Arlington, Va. (August 26, 2019) – Conservation International today announced that Bronson Griscom, Ph.D is joining the organization as Senior Director of Natural Climate Solutions, the organization’s efforts to reduce global emissions by protecting, sustainably managing and restoring forests and other carbon storing ecosystems. Bronson begins his new role immediately

Griscom was the lead author of the 2017 landmark study that revealed natural climate solutions provide over 30% of the emissions reductions needed by 2030 to keep global temperature increases under 2 degrees Celsius. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, made worldwide headlines.

Bronson will play a key role in the strategic development of natural climate solutions science across the organization, leading a research agenda that will help deliver on Conservation International’s climate goals. He will work closely with a network of scientists and experts across divisions and in collaboration with some of the world’s leading climate-focused institutions and global thought leaders. 

Bronson and his team will conduct transformative research on natural climate solutions, including their monitoring and evaluation against targets, and the design of strategies for their implementation. Natural climate solutions include actions to protect, restore, and improve the management of forests, agricultural lands, and wetlands while safeguarding biodiversity and food.

“The climate crisis impacts every person on this planet, whether they realize it or not. At Conservation International, we know healthy forests and oceans are the foundation for a stable climate, so investing in research focused on where and how to protect these natural assets is essential for humanity,” said Dr. Mike Mascia, Senior Vice President for Science at Conservation International. “Bronson is a global thought leader who will catalyze Conservation International’s scientific and programmatic efforts to conserve nature for a stable climate and a healthy, secure global society. I'm thrilled he's on our team.”

Griscom joins Conservation International from The Nature Conservancy where he served as Director of Forest Carbon Science, leading a research program to measure the climate benefits of international conservation programs, and to improve the design of conservation strategies for maximum climate benefit.

Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Bronson coordinated a successful effort at the U.S. Department of State, as an AAAS fellow, to make climate change funding available for forest-climate initiatives through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). He completed a post-doc at the Canaan Valley Institute in West Virginia studying restoration of high elevation Appalachian watersheds. He completed a Ph.D. in tropical forest ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2003 and received a M.Sc. from New York University in plant genetics and conservation.

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: “Drop in the Ocean”"My Africa," “Under the Canopy" and "Valen's Reef." Follow Conservation International's work on our Human Nature blog, FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube