Jensen has served as the director of SNAPP since 2017. In the previous 9 years, she served The Nature Conservancy as a senior scientist and a member of SNAPP’s Science Advisory Council. She is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at the University of Queensland.
Prior to joining SNAPP, Jensen managed diverse programs including the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Migratory Bird Program at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program, and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua.
A National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, Jensen received her doctorate in Interdisciplinary Ecology from the University of Florida the effects of human activity on endemic land birds in the Kingdom of Tonga and Turks and Caicos Islands.
Geoff serves as Deputy Director of both SNAPP and NCEAS, one of SNAPP’s foundational partners. He has helped science organizations do conservation actions since 2004. He led watershed restoration projects in Northern California, managed research and education programs for the California Academy of Sciences, served as Board of Directors’ Treasurer for RE-volv, and was a Fellow with both Environmental Defense Fund’s Climate Corps and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership.
While completing a Master’s in Conservation Planning with the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, Geoff worked with Northern Californian ranchers to identify feasible ways to minimize local wolf-livestock conflicts and support coexistence with this predator.
Julien Brun is a scientific programmer at NCEAS, where he assists scientific research according to data science best practices. The core of his work is to understand and solve working group participants’ data and computing challenges. He advises and trains groups on how to clean, structure, combine and analyze their heterogeneous data sets, as well as scaling their analysis. He is also an instructor for NCEAS’ data science trainings, helping scientists improve their programming and data management skills.
Julien’s scientific expertise is in ecohydrology, Earth observation techniques (remote sensing and GIS) and process-based models. Prior to conducting his PhD on the ecohydrological impacts of tropical cyclones in the Southeastern US, he conducted several projects on land cover change, vegetation monitoring and disaster mapping for governmental and international institutions.
Kim Hall applies her background in conservation biology and landscape ecology to developing and implementing strategies for reducing risks to nature and people from climate change. As a Climate Change Ecologist & Project Manager on The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) North America Science team (LANDFIRE group), her work focuses on developing and communicating data and tools for informing land protection and restoration decisions that explicitly address climate change risks. With support from NASA’s Earth Science Applications: Ecological Forecasting Program, Kim leads a team that is partnering with Julia Computing and Conservation Science Partners to continue development of Brad McRae’s Circuitscape tools for connectivity assessment. This project emphasizes the role of high performance computing in helping to move conservation forward, with the goal of improving the speed of assessments such that analysts can increase stakeholder engagement and sensitivity testing, and more readily incorporate NASA Earth Observations datasets.
Kim brings her experience as co-lead of the Ecological Drought Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) working group to her role as SNAPP’s TNC Program Representative. In partnership with the US Geological Survey and the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Ecological Drought working group focused on planning for climate change related increases in drought duration in and intensity in North America. The goal of the working group is to synthesize information on ecological impacts in a wide variety of ecosystem types, and through providing a framework and tools, improve the integration of adaptation strategies that benefit both natural systems and people into local-scale drought preparedness efforts.
Prior to joining TNC in 2008, Kim received her Master’s and PhD from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and conducted research to understand connections between forest conditions and habitat quality for migratory songbirds in Great Lakes region forests. Based in Lansing, Michigan, she currently holds adjunct faculty positions at Michigan State University in the Departments of Forestry and Fisheries & Wildlife.
Kate Mastro is the Program Manager for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Training and Capacity Building Program, which supports the development of inspired and committed young conservationists around the world through a series of graduate scholarships, small grants and mentoring opportunities. Kate manages the WCS Graduate Scholarship Program, which promotes the next generation of conservation leaders by providing international graduate education opportunities to exceptional candidates from around the globe. Kate has been with WCS since 2005, working across a number of departments within the Global Conservation Program. Kate has over ten years of experience in nonprofit organization management, relationship building and international relations. Kate has a BA in Public and Community Services Studies and Humanities, with a minor in Spanish and an MSc in Global Affairs.