Dr. Bronson Griscom leads the Catalyst team within the Center for Natural Climate Solutions at Conservation International. Natural Climate Solutions (NCS) are actions to protect, restore, and improve the management of forests, agricultural lands, and wetlands while safeguarding biodiversity and food. Bronson and his team focus on applied science to catalyze the effective implementation of NCS at global, national, and local scales, and primarily involving forest ecosystems.
Prior to his role at CI, Bronson served as Director of Forest Carbon Science at The Nature Conservancy, where he led the research team that published the landmark study on NCS in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). His work at The Nature Conservancy linked improved design of climate smart conservation and restoration strategies with improved monitoring, reporting, and verification of climate outcomes. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Bronson coordinated a successful effort at the U.S. Department of State, as an AAAS fellow, to make climate change funding available for forest-climate initiatives through the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). He completed a post-doc at the Canaan Valley Institute in West Virginia studying restoration of high elevation Appalachian watersheds. He completed a Ph.D. in tropical forest ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2003 and received a M.Sc. from New York University in plant genetics and conservation.