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Jon Hoekstra

Vice President and Chief Scientist, Conservation Science Program

Jon Hoekstra

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As Chief Scientist and Vice President, Jon Hoekstra continues WWF’s tradition of scientific excellence and leads the charge to find science-based solutions to the most pressing conservation problems. He leads the organization’s Conservation Science Program and works with more than 400 WWF scientists to provide innovative research and technical assistance to conservation projects around the world. “Good science needs to be timely, relevant, and credible. Great science does it with a little bit of flair and can really be translated into action,” Jon says.

Since the beginning of his career as an endangered species biologist, Jon has been committed to using science to craft practical and effective conservation solutions. “I get excited about conservation science as a problem solver,” Jon says. “The fact that WWF prides itself on being a science-based organization puts science in a really special position. I really like being right in the middle of it.”  As a global science leader, Jon has definitely been in the middle of it. He used science to reveal the biome crisis in the world’s grasslands, revamped conservation strategies to adapt to climate change, and revealed how habitat protection and restoration can help people as well as nature.

Check out Jon's blog Science Driven to learn more.

“Conservation’s grand challenge is to save nature in a world that will soon have 9 billion hungry, thirsty, energy-using people.”

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Vice President and Chief Scientist


  • PhD – Zoology, University of Washington
  • MS – Biological sciences, Stanford University
  • BS – Biological sciences, Stanford University

Areas of Expertise

  • Conservation priorities
  • Global conservation assessments
  • Ecosystem services
  • Conservation return on investment
  • Climate change and climate change adaptation
  • Emerging conservation strategies

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