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Phoebe Barnard

Affiliate Full Professor, Conservation Biology & Environmental Futures, School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, University of Washington at Bothell

Science-Policy Consultant, Center for Large Landscape Conservation and Conservation Biology Institute

Honorary Research Associate, African Climate & Development Initiative and the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town

PhD in Animal Ecology, Uppsala University, Sweden

Phoebe is a biodiversity and climate change strategic planner, researcher (conservation biology and global change ecology), policy analyst and teacher.  She is an affiliate full professor at the University of Washington, Bothell (USA) and senior science-policy consultant to both the Center for Large Landscape Conservation and the Conservation Biology Institute.  At CLLC, Phoebe works on global connectivity policy in both the terrestrial and marine environments through support to the IUCN Connectivity Conservation Specialist Group.

Phoebe has previously been executive director of the Pacific Biodiversity Institute (2017-2018), principle and lead scientist for climate change bioadaptation and head of biodiversity futures at the South African National Biodiversity Institute (2005-2016), founding national coordinator of Namibia's national biodiversity (1994-2003) and climate change programs (1999), board and executive committee member of the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2002-05) and scientific and technological coordinator of the Global Invasive Species Program (2003-05). Since 2005 she has also been an honorary research associate of the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, University of Cape Town, and from 2011-18, also of UCT’s African Climate and Development Initiative.

A behavioral and evolutionary ecologist by background, she now works in academia, government, nonprofits and with citizen science groups at global, ecoregional and local scales on ecological connectivity, climate adaptation, economics for the future, and sustainability tipping points. Phoebe and her filmmaker husband John Bowey also work through film, immersive media, and prose to tell compelling and powerful stories about ecosystem health and biodiversity, among other big issues (  and