The Wilburforce Fellowship is a year-long program providing leadership and science communication training, along with coaching and support, to scientists from a wide range of affiliations, career stages, and disciplines. At the root of this initiative is Wilburforce Foundation’s commitment to empowering scientists to engage in conservation management and policy discussions, because when scientists are part of the conversation, we get better solutions. Please note that Wilburforce Foundation is delaying consideration of a new cohort of Fellows until 2019, pending an evaluation of the work of our first two cohorts.
“The Fellowship shifted the needle for me. I feel more humanized as a scientist, more empowered in my dealings with the media and the public, and more hopeful in my role in conservation.”
We know the future of conserving nature relies upon a collaborative community of individuals, organizations, agencies, and allied partners who together seek to sustain wildlife and wildlands. The Wilburforce Fellowship builds a community of practice where scientists are advancing decision-relevant research, effectively communicating scientific findings and contributing to conservation solutions by engaging with local communities, policymakers, land managers, and advocates.
Wilburforce Foundation, in partnership with COMPASS, is pleased to announce the 2017 Fellows. These twenty scientists will join a community of conservation science leaders who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in western North America.
“Wilburforce has a strong commitment to making the idea of ‘decisions informed by the best available science’ more than just a catchphrase. This Fellowship will empower scientists with the skills they need to connect with decision makers and engage in ways that shape the policy debate.”
Fellows will attend a six-day intensive training led by COMPASS in April 23-28, 2017 in Tucson, Arizona where they will be provided with a comprehensive foundation of leadership and communications skills. At the training, each participant will set a goal for individual or collective engagement on a specific conservation issue, and begin to define an action plan to achieve it. Throughout the following year, fellows will receive coaching and support from trainers and peers to achieve their goals, as well as help connecting with targeted individuals and audiences.
Ph.D candidate, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, University of Victoria
M.S., Heart of the Rockies Initiative
Assistant Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Wildlife Biologist, Master of Science, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
Assistant Professor, Senior Research, Oregon State University
Ph.D., Senior Ecologist, The Wilderness Society
Scientist, MSc, Conservation Science Partners
Post Doc, Wildlife Conservation Society
Assistant Director of Shorebird Habitat Management, Manomet
Community Partnerships Coordinator, Wildlife Conservation Society
Economist, Ph.D., Headwaters Economics
Regional Wildlife Diversity Biologist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Monica Iglecia is the Assistant Director of Shorebird Habitat Management for Manomet’s Shorebird Recovery Program. Since joining Manomet in 2014, Monica has worked to benefit shorebirds by reducing threats and increasing habitat availability in the Western Hemisphere. Populations of many shorebird species have declined dramatically in recent decades and continue to face a number of challenges. To help protect shorebird species, Monica develops and assists a network of partners to improve habitat and foster a culture of shorebird conservation. This is possible through training workshops, conservation initiatives, and on-the-ground habitat management. She works on shorebird conservation efforts with a variety of collaborators, including public agencies, private landowners, farmers, industry, academia, and other non-profits.
Monica received an M.S. in Zoology from North Carolina State University and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is based in the Pacific Northwest and is an affiliate of the University of Washington School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences. She is excited about the opportunity to work with and learn from the Wilburforce Fellows in Conservation Science.
Megan is an economist with Headwaters Economics. She studies changing communities and economies in the western U.S., focusing on the economic impacts of public lands, recreation, ecosystem services, and demographic trends. Her current work includes measuring the economic performance of places with public lands; reducing disparities in access to trails for low income and minority communities; and identifying successful economic development strategies in rural communities. As a Wilburforce Fellow, her goal is to more effectively communicate her research to policymakers, media, and stakeholders. Megan holds a Ph.D. and Masters in Economics from the University of Colorado, and has a B.A. in Biology from Williams College.