Director – Social Science Initiative
Lead – Abandonment & Amplification
Interim lead – Evaluation & Evidence
Dr. Michael B. Mascia is the Senior Director for Social Science at Conservation International. Mike also serves as President-elect of the Society for Conservation Biology - the first social scientist to hold this position. Mike's research focuses on governance and biodiversity conservation, particularly the emergence, evolution, and impacts of conservation interventions. Mike is a former AAAS Fellow and NSF grant recipient, with research and policy experience in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. Mike previously served as founding co-Editor in Chief of the scientific journal Conservation Letters, founding President of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group (SCB SSWG), and as Social Science Representative to the SCB Board of Governors. In 2011, Mike received the SCB Early Career Award for his work to advance conservation social science and its application to conservation policy. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics and Policy from Duke University and a bachelor's degree in Biology and Government from Bowdoin College.
Lead – Research Ethics
As part of CI’s Social Policy and Practice Program, Theresa Buppert helps to advance the organization’s rights-based approach to conservation. She promotes the integration of human rights in conservation action through the development of institutional social policies to guide our work as well as through engagement in key policy arenas affecting communities, such as Access and Benefit-sharing under the Convention on Biological Diversity. Building on CI’s collaborations over many years, Theresa’s work especially strengthens our partnerships with indigenous peoples and local communities around the world. Prior to joining CI, Theresa worked with Catholic Relief Services on grassroots peace-building initiatives in Mindanao, Philippines, and with the Peace Corps as an environmental educator in Bolivia. Theresa holds a B.A. in Biology and Spanish from Franklin and Marshall College and a M.A. in Latin American Studies from George Washington University.
Lead – Values of Ecosystems
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. Rosimeiry is an ecological economist and the senior director and lead of the economics team at CI. Her research focuses on nature's provision of ecosystem services and their contribution to human well-being. She also works on the development and application of decision-supporting tools that are designed to enhance the understanding and measurement of ecosystem services and their contribution to economies. Originally from Brazil, Rosimeiry earned a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.
Lead – Spatial Dynamics of People & Nature
Daniel Juhn is a geographer and Senior Director of the Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) Group at the Moore Center for Science. His work at CI includes landscape change, aerial survey systems design, spatial planning and scenario development. In the past 5 years, his research has focused on ecosystem accounting and post-account planning and decision-making. He previously worked with Doctors Without Borders, the United Nations, International Organization for Migration, and others to manage development and emergency projects. Daniel earned a Masters in Environment and Development from Clark University.
Lead – Science of Stakeholder Engagement
Lead – Community of Practice
Dr. Patricia Dunne is a member of the Social Policy and Practice department in the Policy Center for Environment and Peace, where she works to assess and support effective stakeholder engagement processes. Patricia’s research focuses on identifying and addressing the barriers to the full and effective participation of indigenous peoples and local communities in climate change decision-making processes in cross-cultural, multi-stakeholder settings. Prior to CI, Patricia was a founding staff member of the Beacon Institute for Rivers & Estuaries (now part of Clarkson University), where she designed educational programs and exhibits on the history, culture, and ecology of the Hudson River. She holds a B.A. in Visual and Media Arts from Emerson College and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Georgia.