The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation ( today announced the appointment of Daniel C. Nepstad, Ph.D. as the new chief program officer for its environmental conservation program. The Foundation's environmental conservation program focuses on multi-year strategic initiatives.

“I am very pleased to welcome Dan to the Foundation's management team," said Steve McCormick, president, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation.  "We look forward to his leadership of our environmental conservation programs and to his counsel across all of our programs.  Dan has worked closely with our Andes-Amazon initiative team for six years.  We have come to know well his potential, not only as a world class scientist, but also as a broad-gauged and bold innovator and advocate for transformative conservation policy.  His experience, vision, sense of urgency and leadership style will help us achieve positive outcomes for future generations."

Nepstad, a tropical forest ecologist, comes to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation from Woods Hole Research Center, where he is a Senior Scientist. In addition, he is both Scientist and Founding President of IPAM—Instituto de Pesquisa Ambiental da Amazônia (Amazon Institute of Environmental Research), Belém, Brazil.  He is also Co-Founder of Aliança da Terra (Land Alliance), and Visiting Professor, Universidade Federal de Rio de Janeiro.  Nepstad is a past recepient of the Pew Scholar Award in Conservation and Environment.

“Dan Nepstad is an outstanding leader in environment in all its complexity. The Moore Foundation is fortunate to have him in such an important role” said Tom Lovejoy, president, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment.

Nepstad holds a Ph.D. in Forest Ecology from Yale University, an M.S. in Plant Ecology/Botany from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in Biology from Kalamazoo College. His scientific and conservation interests include tropical forests, climate change, forest fire, globalization, natural resource policy, and the “taming” of agro-industry. He has published over 100 scientific articles and books.

"The Moore Foundation is poised to lead the way in responding to the rapidly escalating environmental challenges that are facing humanity.  I am honored by the opportunity to join the Foundation at this critical moment." said Dr. Nepstad.

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation 

The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, established in 2000, seeks to advance environmental conservation and scientific research around the world and improve the quality of life in the San Francisco Bay Area. The goal of the Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program is to change the ways in which people use important terrestrial and coastal marine ecosystems to conserve critical ecological systems and functions, while allowing sustainable use. For more information, see



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