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Director, Science and Research Initiative
James is an Associate Professor Fellow at University of Queensland and Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society. For the past six years, James has directed WCS’s climate change program, leading the planning and implementation of climate adaptation and REDD+ projects throughout WCS’s landscape, seascape, and species conservation programs. He currently serves on the leadership committee for the Science for Nature and People (SNAP) Initiative, the International Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Data and Knowledge Task Force, and was chair of the IUCN’s climate change specialist group. James was recently elected the global president of the Society for Conservation Biology. He is the director the Green Fire Science research group (www.greenfirescience.com) whose mission is to do applied research that is linked directly to the practice of conservation. in 2004 where, funded by a Rhodes Scholarship, he explored the effects of habitat fragmentation on birds in Madagascar and Australia. James is the current President-elect of the Society of Conservation Biology; Chair of the IUCN’s Climate Change Specialist Group; an Associate Professor at the University of Queensland, Australia; an editor of four conservation journals (Conservation Biology, Diversity and Distributions, Scientific Reports, and Pacific Conservation Biology); and he has published more than 80 peer-reviewed and popular articles on conservation-related issues.
Progam Director, Climate Adaptation Fund
As Director of the Climate Adaptation Fund at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), Darren is responsible for all management, administration, communications and grantmaking activities for a program which has invested more than $10 million to support nonprofit conservation organizations working to implement applied on-the-ground climate adaptation projects. The Fund is designed to promote the resilience of ecosystems and wildlife to climate change impacts, incentivize the development of a new field of conservation for wildlife adaptation, and to catalyze broad integration of adaptation principles amongst public management agencies and nonprofit conservation organizations. Before joining WCS in 2006, Darren spent four years at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia, where his work focused on green space preservation and the expansion and improvement of urban parks through the Foundation’s Environmental Initiative. Also in Georgia, Darren served as the Program Associate for Habitat at the Turner Foundation. There, his principal focus was the funding of public policy advocacy, litigation and local grassroots efforts to preserve terrestrial and marine biodiversity through landscape-scale habitat protection. Prior to his work at the Turner Foundation, Darren studied social behavior and cognition with apes and monkeys while managing research, conservation and education programs for the Living Links Center - Emory University's institute for the study of human and ape evolution.
Lead, REDD+ and Forest Conservation Program
Tom Evans leads WCS’s REDD+ and Forest Conservation Program. He coordinates a diverse portfolio of REDD+ demonstration projects around the world and works to ensure that these inform the design of REDD+ systems through UNFCCC negotiations, national REDD+ readiness processes, and voluntary certification standards. Tom has a PhD from the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford, on the sustainable management of wild rattans in Lao PDR. For the past ten years, he has specialized in protected area management in the tropics, with a particular interest in human use of natural resources, and the relationships between agriculture and forest protection. Before joining the climate change program, Tom was with the WCS Cambodia Program for more than nine years, as both Deputy Director and Senior Technical Advisor. Prior to that, he conducted biological surveys and protected areas assessments in many parts of the tropics, and also worked at ProForest on a range of sustainable commodity initiatives with private sector partners.
Executive Director, Conservation Science and Solutions
Todd Stevens oversees WCS's cross-cutting work on four global programs: Climate Change, Conservation and the Quality of Human Life, Ecosystems Services, and Business and Conservation. Before coming to WCS, Todd was a Project Leader at The Boston Consulting Group, specializing in nonprofit management and strategy development for global charities. Prior to that, he worked in investment banking and private equity. Todd has a PhD in History from Princeton University, where he was a visiting professor for two years.
Climate Change Policy Specialist
Stephanie Wang works as Climate Change Policy Specialist, Conservation Science and Solutions. Stephanie has over 3 years experience with WCS.

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