Mike currently serves as Senior Vice President of the Moore Center for Science at Conservation International, where he oversees CI’s research, technical assistance, and capacity-building efforts.  He also serves as President of the Board for the Society for Conservation Biology – the first social scientist to hold this position.  His research focuses on governance and biodiversity conservation, particularly the emergence, evolution, and impacts of conservation initiatives.  He is a former AAAS Fellow and NSF grant recipient, with research and policy experience in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, Southeast Asia, and the United States. He has published widely on the social aspects of biodiversity conservation and provided technical support to numerous government agencies, conservation organizations, and donors.  He previously served as founding co-Editor in Chief of the scientific journal Conservation Letters, founding President of the Society for Conservation Biology’s Social Science Working Group (SCB SSWG), and as Social Science Representative to the SCB Board of Governors. He holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Politics and Policy from Duke University.

Follow Mike on Twitter @Mike_Mascia and learn more about his research via his personal Web site Boundary Science.