World Wildlife Fund’s Chief Scientist to Speak at Nicholas School on Sept. 21

September 19, 2017

Contact: Tim Lucas, 919/613-8084,

DURHAM, N.C. – Rebecca Shaw, chief scientist at the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and a widely cited expert on the impacts climate change may have on conservation, will present a free talk at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21.  


RebeccaShaw, Chief Scientist, World Wildlife Fund

Her hour-long talk, “WWF in Global Context: Interdisciplinary Partnerships and Innovation for Conservation,” is free and open to all members of the school’s community.  

It will be in Environment Hall’s Boardroom, adjacent to the Dean’s Office on the fifth floor.

As WWF’s chief scientist and senior vice president, Shaw works with global partners to identify the most important and timely scientific questions that challenge the organization’s mission and advance solutions to those challenges.

Prior to joining WWF’s leadership team, she worked at the Environmental Defense Fund, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the vision and strategy of the Land, Water & Wildlife program. Before that, she served as director of conservation science and associate state director at the Nature Conservancy's California Chapter.

She is a lead author of the section of the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's Fifth Assessment Report that focuses on impacts, adaptation, and vulnerability, and serves as a member of the California Climate Adaptation Advisory Panel. She has also researched the impacts of climate change on conservation at the Carnegie Institution for Science's Department of Global Ecology.

Shaw holds a master’s degree in environmental policy and a Ph.D. in energy and resources, both from the University of California, Berkeley.