We sat down with Dr. Jane Lubchenco, the first female administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and asked her what she sees as the biggest challenge facing conservation science today.
Her answer? Three words:
Massive. Global. Change.
In this installment of Conservation Talks, Jane—winner of the 2014 NatureServe Conservation Award—explains the difficulty of maintaining healthy, functioning ecosystems in light of all the changes that are underway—and the very real implications of these changes for people around the world.
She goes on to describe NatureServe’s critical role in collecting, analyzing, and communicating both the diversity of life that is here now, and how it is changing. As Earth is transformed at an unprecedented pace, our scientists are providing the biodiversity information that enables communities, government agencies, and others to recognize patterns, synchronize efforts, and make smarter decisions, “informed by what we actually know, not what we just think might be happening.”