Science. Collaboration. Action.

In Washington and around the world, natural resources are under threat. Population growth and climate change present complex challenges to the health of nature and the communities that rely on it.  To address today’s challenges for both local and global impact, we need to push the boundaries of science and conservation.

We are changing the way conservation is practiced in Washington and across the globe by bringing new practical approaches based in science and technology to the service of nature and people. The Nature Conservancy bridges world-class research institutions like the University of Washington and our region’s renowned technology pioneers.


Fast Facts

6 scientists in our Washington state chapter

400 Scientists at The Nature Conservancy


Our Projects

Snowpack

Snowpack in Washington is down 25% from historic levels. This has implications for climate change impacts, water supply, land management, water quality and salmon health.  We are investigating where to invest in our forests and rivers to improve climate resilience, watershed function and snow pack retention.

Stormwater

We developed a heat map to help investigate where green infrastructure can have the greatest impact in filtering polluted stormwater runoff and improving Puget Sound water quality. 

Water Science

We are rethinking water quality, quantity and access to identify a framework for where and how to increase water storage in Washington’s floodplains.


Featured Stories

BLOG SERIES: The science of snowpack

Join our aquatic ecologist as she heads up the mountain in search of scientific solutions to a crucial but threatened natural resource, deep in the forests of Washington’s Cascade Mountains.

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Who We Are

Phil Levin, Lead Scientist    Phil is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice and between social and natural sciences. The focus of his current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and communities that depend upon them.

Phil Levin, Lead Scientist

Phil is interested in bridging the gaps between theory and practice and between social and natural sciences. The focus of his current work is developing interdisciplinary tools to inform conservation of marine, aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems and communities that depend upon them.

Emily Howe, Aquatic Ecologist    Emily works across ecosystems, looking at how landscape configuration and management shapes relationships for food webs, organisms and ecosystem processes.   "Following water from snowcaps to whitecaps."

Emily Howe, Aquatic Ecologist

Emily works across ecosystems, looking at how landscape configuration and management shapes relationships for food webs, organisms and ecosystem processes.

"Following water from snowcaps to whitecaps."

Michael Case, Forest Ecologist    Michael studies forests, critters, and how people affect them. Much of his research has focused on the impacts of climate change and how people can build resilience in the face of such changes.   "Quantifying the impacts on nature and people. "

Michael Case, Forest Ecologist

Michael studies forests, critters, and how people affect them. Much of his research has focused on the impacts of climate change and how people can build resilience in the face of such changes.

"Quantifying the impacts on nature and people."

 
Jamie Robertson, Conservation Geographer    Jamie works in spatial analysis and mapping at all scales, from global freshwater and marine habitat assessments to site-level optimization for wetlands.   "Ready to explore, discover, learn and share!"

Jamie Robertson, Conservation Geographer

Jamie works in spatial analysis and mapping at all scales, from global freshwater and marine habitat assessments to site-level optimization for wetlands.

"Ready to explore, discover, learn and share!"

Erica Simek Sloniker, Visual Content Specialist    Erica makes science and conservation look good through leading in design and production of maps, infographics and other tools for conservation storytelling.   "Creating visual stories that shine and make you mappy."

Erica Simek Sloniker, Visual Content Specialist

Erica makes science and conservation look good through leading in design and production of maps, infographics and other tools for conservation storytelling.

"Creating visual stories that shine and make you mappy."