I’m the director of the Conservation and Food & Agriculture programs at the Breakthrough Institute and a co-author of An Ecomodernist Manifesto. Through June 2019, I’m also a visiting researcher at the University of Tasmania where I’m part of a team studying drivers of agricultural expansion and forecasting future land-use change. I’m interested in how technology can help decouple environmental impacts from economic growth, as laid out in Nature Unbound: Decoupling for Conservation. My current work focuses on strategies to address the twin challenges of meeting food demand and protecting biodiversity.
I’ve published widely in the areas of conservation, agriculture, and environmental policy. I’ve co-authored seven peer-reviewed papers and two book chapters, covering topics from ecological tipping points to livestock systems, food demand, ecological footprint accounting, planetary boundaries, ecosystem services, and forecasting methods. I’ve edited and contributed to Breakthrough’s web series The Future of Food, and written blogs and essays on issues ranging from decoupling to land sparing, precision agriculture, aquaculture, feedlots, and fertilizers.
My work has been featured in publications such as The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Scientific American, New Scientist, Wired, The Guardian, and many others. I’m a former PERC Lone Mountain fellow and I’m on the advisory committee of Nature Needs Half.
I hold an MESc from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where I specialized in environmental economics, and a BA in Geography from Cambridge University. Prior to joining Breakthrough Institute in 2011, I worked for several conservation organizations including the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and BirdLife Europe.
My interest in conservation and wildlife has taken me into the field, with experiences ranging from integrated conservation and development projects in rural Ecuador, raptor migration in the Mediterranean, livelihoods and endangered species conservation in the highlands of Kenya, biological surveys in Mediterranean wetlands, to bird banding on the Baltic Sea island of Öland. Outside of work, I’ve also had the privilege of visiting some of the world’s most spectacular sites for nature and wildlife, including the Brazilian Pantanal, the Galapagos Islands, various corners of the Amazon Basin, the Andes, Serengeti, and Anatolia.
I was born and raised in Sweden and have been based in the US since 2011. In my free time, I enjoys birding, motorcycling, photography, jazz, and running, although not all at the same time.
Watch me present at Resources for the Future (video).
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