Marion Adeney is a conservation ecologist with a broad interdisciplinary background, committed to working at the intersection of environmental conservation, science and development, with a focus on the Amazon region. As a member of the foundation's Andes-Amazon Initiative, Marion focuses on conservation and monitoring of protected areas and indigenous lands in the Brazilian Amazon, as well as application of science and geospatial analysis to conservation.
Prior to joining the foundation, Marion was a science & technology fellow at the American Association for Advancement of Sciences and an environmental science adviser at the US Agency for International Development in Lima, Peru, and previously, in Washington DC. In Lima, Marion focused on better integrating science and the scientific community into programs and strategies for USAID’s Amazon conservation work in Peru, Brazil and Amazon-wide. She played an integral role in bringing spatial analysis to bear on the strategic design of USAID’s new regional and bilateral Amazon programs. In DC, Marion was part of the small initial staff building the programs of USAID’s GeoCenter and Office of Science and Technology, which would become the USAID Global Development Lab.
Marion has a Ph.D. in conservation ecology from Duke University and a Master’s of Arts in ecology, evolution and conservation biology from Columbia University. Her research has focused on interactions of spatial disturbance patterns with ecosystem dynamics and human interventions in tropical forests and on Amazonian white sand ecosystems. Her B.A. is in American studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.