Geoffrey Willard is Deputy Director of NCEAS and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP), an initiative linking NCEAS with The Nature Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Society. SNAPP projects leverage NCEAS' strengths as a synthesis center to investigate and help solve the most challenging problems at the intersection of conservation and human well-being.
Through his career Geoff has sought to change policy and practice in ways that improve the human relationship with ecosystems, and to cultivate public engagement in science and conservation. As Public Programs Manager at the California Academy of Sciences, he designed educational programs about evolutionary biology and directed a team of educators for the programs' presentation. He led dozens of redwood and salmon creek restoration projects with the Conservation Corps North Bay, and has served as Treasurer of the Board for RE-volv and as Fellow with both EDF Climate Corps and the Coro Center for Civic Leadership
Geoff has a B.A in History from the University of Rochester and a MESM in Conservation Planning from UC Santa Barbara's Bren School of Environmental Science & Management. His Master's project led to a partnership with Defenders of Wildlife to identify potential wolf-livestock conflict hotspots in California and determine the most locally feasible conflict reduction strategies. This work informed the California Department of Fish & Wildlife's Wolf Conservation Plan and Defenders' policy strategies.