Dr. Healy Hamilton is the Chief Scientist and Vice President for Conservation Science at NatureServe. As a biodiversity scientist, she has broad interests in the evolution and conservation of the diversity of life. She obtained her Master’s degree at Yale University and her Ph.D. at University of California Berkeley, and for both degrees, conducted extensive fieldwork in South America. Dr. Hamilton is the President of the Society for Conservation GIS and has served on the Science Committee of the National Park Service Advisory Board. In addition, she is a Switzer Foundation Environmental Leadership grantee and a former U.S. Fulbright Scholar.
Her current research focus is global change biology, with an emphasis on forecasting the impacts of climate change on species and ecosystems for natural resource management and conservation. In her spare time, she studies the taxonomy, evolution and conservation genetics of seahorses and their relatives. Dr. Hamilton is committed to public understanding of biodiversity and global change, and explores data visualization approaches to improve ecological literacy.