Wilburforce has been partnering with Meade since her 2009 post-doc days at the University of Washington. Over the past decade, she has done an extraordinary job to advance biodiversity conservation under climate change through innovative, rigorous, and highly regarded assessments of climate impacts and adaptation responses for species and ecosystems. Through her current role with the University of Washington Climate Impacts Group and the Northwest Climate Adaptation Science Center, Meade has helped Wilburforce and its partners like the Cascadia Partners Forum advance our shared goals of planning for conservation in a changing climate.
Meade’s efforts over the last ten years have shown that she is not only a top-notch scientist, but also an excellent communicator and collaborator. A 2015 Wilburforce Conservation Science Fellow, she is a stalwart champion of sharing her knowledge in the public discourse and decision-making. A great example of her dedication to connecting science to the climate change conversation is her 2018 op-ed in the Seattle Times about moving from despair about climate change to action. And Meade’s choice to work with the Climate Impacts Group shows an understanding that fostering long-lasting collaborative relationships leads to enduring conservation action. Meade’s impressive and highly relevant body of science scholarship and her dedication to the art and science of collaboration is why we are proud to honor Meade with our Conservation Leadership Award.
Thank you, Meade, for your contributions to climate adaptation science and your dedicated service to our partners.
All bios are from the year the award was presented.