Lucas Morgenstern

Senior Program Officer

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Lucas Morgenstern has always loved animals. Native to Brazil, Lucas grew up close to nature, sailing with family and mountaineering with friends. Before joining WWF, Lucas worked in the private sector in companies such as IBM, HSBC, and EY. He eventually transitioned into the conservation field, his true lifelong passion. Lucas currently serves as the Senior Program Officer at the Earth For Life team, where he develops area-based conservation projects, partnering with local communities, governments, and private donors to achieve enduring preservation of habitats and wildlife, while empowering local stakeholders. This practice is known as Project Finance for Permanence (PFP).

Lucas holds a master's in environmental management with a concentration in Ecosystem Science & Conservation from Duke University in Durham, NC, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Federal University of Parana in Curitiba, Brazil.

For his master's program thesis, he researched jaguar conservation in Colombia and helped update the Jaguar Corridor Initiative, combining geospatial analysis skills with robust research parameters. He is passionate about conserving the natural wonders of our world while safeguarding local communities’ sustainable practices. Working at WWF enables him to pursue this.

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Senior Program Officer


  • MEM – Ecosystem Science & Conservation, Duke University
  • BBA – Business Administration, Federal University of Parana

Areas of Expertise

  • Wildlife Conservation
  • Area-based Conservation
  • Tropical Ecology
  • Science-based Management