Conservation International Names Stephanie Wear Senior Vice President at Moore Center for Science

October 20, 2022

Arlington, VA (Oct. 20, 2022) – Marine scientist and conservation strategist Stephanie Wear has joined Conservation International as the new senior vice president of the organization’s Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science.

Wear joins Conservation International after 21 years of leading The Nature Conservancy’s work to protect ocean and coastal ecosystems.  Former head of the Moore Center for Science, Mike Mascia, is now serving as Conservation International’s senior vice president of strategic initiatives and senior scientist. 

In her new role leading the Moore Center, Wear will focus on overseeing research that helps drive conservation action. She will also lead the Center’s work to build scientific networks and coalitions with partners, publish high-profile and high-impact studies, expand an existing body of scientific research and manage a team of 60.

The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science is one of the world’s leading institutions for conservation research, developing reports and tools that enable governments, communities, businesses and others to identify, value and protect nature. Through innovative partnerships, advanced analyses and rigorous research on the ground, the Moore Center develops science-based tools to inform and influence policy, change conservation practices and leverage conservation investments globally.

“Throughout my career I’ve found that studying the world around us, including the human communities that depend on it, is the best way to better understand it and, ultimately, protect it. Focusing on the most critical scientific research is essential during a time when both the climate and biodiversity crises are escalating,” said Wear. “The Moore Center is a leader in doing just that, and I’m excited to join the team here.”

Wear’s career to date has combined on-the-ground efforts – establishing marine protected areas (MPAs) and designing a global learning network for conservation practitioners and managers – with strategic actions that address global drivers that threaten coastal habitats and conducting research on the impacts of pollution on ocean systems.  In 2021, she led the launch of the Ocean Sewage Alliance and continues to lead the 28-member Alliance from its steering committee.

Wear is also a recognized spokesperson on a range of environmental issues, with guest appearances that include NBC News Dateline, The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and CBS Evening News.


About Conservation International: Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, for biodiversity and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples and local communities to help people and nature thrive together. Go to for more, and follow our work on Conservation News, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram and YouTube.