Leopold Leadership Program

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The Leopold Leadership Program "at Stanford University's Woods Institute for the Environment provides academic researchers with the skills and connections they need to be effective leaders and communicators." [1] Their web site adds:

"The program was created in 1998, led by Jane Lubchenco, Distinguished Professor of Zoology and Valley Professor of Marine Biology at Oregon State University. Lubchenco, Hal Mooney and Paul Risser, all former presidents of the Ecological Society of America and leaders of that Society's Sustainable Biosphere Initiative, often discussed their frustration with the "science communication issue" - that is, the lack of both training and professional support for environmental scientists to communicate their work outside of traditional academic circles, and especially within the public policy arena. With support from a Pew Fellowship in Conservation and the Environment, a planning grant from the Packard Foundation, and help and encouragement from several colleagues, especially the late Donella (Dana) Meadows, Lubchenco conceptualized the Aldo Leopold Leadership Program and devised an implementation plan." [2]


Accessed January 2011: [3]

  • Charles Alexander - International Editor (retired) , TIME Magazine
  • Nancy Baron - Director of Science Outreach, Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea (COMPASS)
  • Ann Bartuska, Ph.D. - Deputy Chief for Research & Development, U.S. Forest Service
  • Adam Davis - President, Solano Partners, Inc.
  • Sharon Dunwoody, Ph.D. - Professor of Journalism, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • John R. Emrick - CEO and Chairman of the Board, Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc.
  • Barry Gold, D. Sc. - Program Director, Marine Conservation Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
  • Estella Leopold, Ph.D. - Professor Emeritus, Biology Department, University of Washington
  • Katherine McCarter, Ph.D. - Executive Director, Ecological Society of America
  • Harold Mooney, Ph.D. - Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University
  • Vikki Spruill - President and Chief Executive Officer, The Ocean Conservany
  • Barton H. Thompson, Jr., J.D., M.B.A. - Perry L. McCarty Director of Woods Institute for the Environment & Robert E. Paradise Professor of Natural Resources Law, Stanford University
  • Diana Wall, Ph.D. - Professor of Biology and Director, School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University


URL: http://leopoldleadership.stanford.edu

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  1. About, Leopold Leadership Program, accessed January 28, 2011.
  2. History, Leopold Leadership Program, accessed January 28, 2011.
  3. Advisory Board, Leopold Leadership Program, accessed January 28, 2011.