For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout North America. We work with 60+ network organizations and 1,000+ conservation scientists to collect, analyze, and deliver biodiversity knowledge that informs conversation action.
Mission and Vision
We leverage the power of science, data, and technology to guide biodiversity conservation and stewardship.
NatureServe envisions a world in which the best available data and science inform conservation and stewardship decisions so that biodiversity thrives.
As an apolitical non-profit conservation science and technology organization, NatureServe serves all who need high-quality scientific knowledge about biodiversity. We assemble robust data on species and ecosystem locations and conditions collected by the NatureServe Network and other partners and data sources. Our scientists turn those data into maps, models, and metrics that document and predict distributions, evaluate threats, assess extinction risks, document trends, and identify priority conservation areas. Using cloud technology, integrated applications, and compelling visualizations, we deliver the expert knowledge needed to maintain species diversity and sustain healthy ecosystems. We adhere to an ethic of reducing conflict in conservation by working with environmental groups, governments, scientists, the public, and industry. We believe that by engaging early and with sound science we can achieve the best outcomes for biodiversity.
- Sean O’Brien - President & Chief Executive Officer
- Samantha Belilty - Director of Marketing and Communications
- Anne Bowser, Chief of Staff
- Kathleen Goodin - Vice President, Data and Methods
- Allison Gratz - Director of Network Relations
- Healy Hamilton - Chief Scientist
- Lori Scott - Chief Information Officer and Vice President for Technology & Partnerships
- Steve Sellers - Chief Operating Officer
Board of Directors
- James Brumm - New York (Chair)
- Urban Lehner - Washington, DC (Vice Chair)
- Bryce Maxell - Helena, MT (Vice Chair)
- Sayles Braga - New York (Treasurer)
- Jane Breckinridge - Leonard, OK (Secretary)
- Chris Friesen
- Carolyn Hendricks - Bethesda, MD
- Brian Klatt - Michigan
- Sean O'Brien - Virginia
- Steven P. Quarles - Maryland
- Alberto Székely - Mexico
- John Trezise - Richmond, VA
- Nancy Weiss - Charlottesville, VA
- Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio - Bolivia
The Power of a Network
NatureServe is the hub of a large, impactful, and consequential Network of over 60 governmental and non-governmental programs located in the United States and Canada. Each day, Network Programs and their staff work to protect and conserve the plants, animals, and ecosystems in their jurisdictions.
NatureServe in Action
As rapid changes threaten our planet and all life that depends on it, someone must keep their finger on the pulse of the planet and its plants and animals whose future depends on conservation action. The NatureServe Network fills this role. We are on the front lines of halting the decline of biodiversity, with our focus on the prevention of species and ecosystem declines and the conservation of vulnerable species and the places most at risk of disappearing.
We are on the front lines of halting the decline of biodiversity, with our focus on the prevention of species and ecosystem declines and the conservation of vulnerable species and the places most at risk of disappearing.
Our Global Footprint
To protect threatened biodiversity, NatureServe works with over 1,000 conservation scientists to collect, aggregate, and standardize biodiversity information, providing comprehensive data and expertise to land use decision-makers for strategic conservation efforts.
50 Years of Conservation
NatureServe carries on a legacy of conservation work that began when The Nature Conservancy helped to establish the first state natural heritage program in 1974. Over the next two decades, The Nature Conservancy and a collection of public and private partners built a network of natural heritage programs in the United States to collect and manage data about the status and distribution of species and ecosystems of conservation concern.
More from NatureServe
Learn how the NatureServe Network is protecting our precious animals, plants, and ecosystems.
NatureServe and America the Beautiful
America the Beautiful is a locally-led and voluntary nationwide conservation goal to conserve 30 percent of U.S. lands and waters by 2030. NatureServe data are fundamental to any science-based effort to expand effective conservation in our country.
Mapping Critical Areas
Through a landmark collaboration, NatureServe has released a portfolio of maps that identify areas critical to sustaining our nation’s rich biodiversity.
Conservation Conversations with Sean O’Brien
Hosted by NatureServe’s President & CEO, Dr. Sean T. O’Brien, each episode will feature an exclusive interview with a leading expert in the conservation field.
Ghana’s Irreplaceable Atewa Forest
As Ghana Weighs Economic Benefits of Mining Bauxite for Aluminium, Multi-Billion-Dollar Global Companies Respond to the Community Groups Calling for Protection of Critical Forest
Confronting Climate Change
NatureServe uses cutting edge technology to better understand how climate change is affecting individual species and ecosystems.
NatureServe Named Winner of AWS Imagine Grant
NatureServe will work with Amazon’s cloud computing arm to help prevent extinction by transitioning the planet’s first biodiversity observation network into the cloud.
Remembering Our Founder
This page is dedicated to Bob Jenkins, the founder of the natural heritage network, for his great contributions to conservation.
Biodiversity and Public Health Interview
Dr. Sean O’Brien and Dr. Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Associated Vice President for Conservation at EcoHealth Alliance, discuss the intersection between biodiversity decline and virus outbreaks like the coronavirus pandemic.
Pulse of the Planet
NatureServe, GEO BON and EcoHealth Alliance present a series of webinars delivered by the world's leading experts in biodiversity science.
Fighting Fire with Science
NatureServe Network program Fundación Amigos de la Naturaleza (FAN) works in Bolivia to monitor and prevent forest fires and deforestation in some of the world’s most overlooked, biodiversity-rich ecosystems.
SAS helps NatureServe Protect Biodiversity with Artificial Intelligence
With the world currently facing an unprecedented rate of extinction, SAS has joined forces with NatureServe, an organization focused on protecting biodiversity, to use analytics and AI to measure the degree of imperilment for plants and animals.
Each year NatureServe recognizes significant achievements in biodiversity conservation. We currently present two awards: the NatureServe Conservation Award and the Network Awards.
Testimonials & Accomplishments
For more than 50 years, leading conservationists and decision-makers have turned to the NatureServe Network as the most reliable source for biodiversity data and expertise.