Texas Tech professor Katharine Hayhoe has been named the Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy.  The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Arlington, Virginia that works with affiliates in over 75 different countries to promote environmental conservation.

"I’ve long admired The Nature Conservancy’s combination of mission-driven values, science-based strategies and pragmatic, solutions-focused approaches to reconciling the needs of human development with those of the wider ecosystems of which we are all part,” Hayhoe said. “With a year of major climate and environmental policy moments ahead, effective science communication has never been more important. Being invited to represent and steer TNC’s research at a global level is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I cannot wait to get started.”

TNC officials note that Hayhoe will be participating in the 2021 United National Climate Change Conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

“With Glasgow calling, and the need for concerted global leadership on climate change never greater, Katharine joins The Nature Conservancy at the perfect time,” said Jennifer Morris, CEO of TNC. “As the climate emergency and biodiversity loss continue to affect our health, economies and very way of life, Katharine doesn’t see these challenges as ‘environmental issues,’ but rather, ‘everything issues.’ And she’s right. As we race to address these interrelated crises, Katharine’s ability to galvanize audiences beyond the usual environmental bubble couldn’t be more important. Her impeccable academic record, energetic leadership and grounded optimism will help motivate us all into action for this critical decade ahead. We are thrilled to welcome her as our new Chief Scientist.”

Texas Tech officials note that Hayhoe will officially start with the TNC on June 1, and she will step down as co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center.

Hayhoe served in many roles at Texas Tech. Last month, she was named a Horn Distinguished Professor, and she was previously named an Endowed Chair of Public Policy and Public Law in the Department of Political Science. Hayhoe also serves as co-director of the Texas Tech University Climate Center.

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