As NatureServe’s Vice President of Conservation Services, Leslie ensures that NatureServe partners and clients consistently receive the highest quality biodiversity information for their use in conservation and natural resource management decisions. She oversees the NatureServe conservation planning program, geospatial information analyses program, and maintains licensing relationships with the 80+ Network Programs. Her role facilitates the generation of NatureServe multi-jurisdictional data, fosters key federal client partnerships, and remains faithful to the commitment to delivering quality aggregated data products, such as NatureServe Explorer.
In 1995, Leslie began her career as a botany intern at The Nature Conservancy for a project that analyzed the potential effects of climate change on the native vascular flora of North America. Prior to joining the Conservancy, she conducted research on the ecological succession at Portage, Byron, and Byrne Glaciers. In addition, she also researched at Portage, Alaska and was part of a team that analyzed the effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill on the benthic community of Prince William Sound. Leslie holds dual undergraduate degrees in Biology and Sociology and she received her M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University.