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Derric Pennington, Ph.D.

Lead Scientist - Natural Capital

Derric seeks to help improve our understanding on how to meaningfully integrate conservation goals, for both people and species, into larger policy decisions. His research interests include evaluating the tradeoffs of land-use change on biodiversity conservation, ecosystem services and human well-being.

He works with WWF staff and external collaborators to aid our understanding of when, where, and how conservation actions can benefit both biodiversity and people. His work identifies the trade-offs informed by this science and how this information is best integrated into development and management policy decisions. He is also interested in research that expands the conservation discussion beyond protected areas to consider the places where people live, work, and play, and evaluates how conservation goals, when considered more holistically, can actually enhance the implementation of conservation initiatives.

Derric has a BA from Miami University, a MS from the Institute for the Environment and Sustainability at Miami University, and a Ph.D. in Conservation Biology from the University of Minnesota.