NRCC’s approach acknowledges that many “environmental problems” are in fact “people problems.” In order to address the mounting threats to biodiversity and natural systems, we need better decision-making tools to meet these ecological, social, and policy challenges.


NRCC promotes an interdisciplinary approach that includes social science skills and ecological expertise to improve management and policy decisions. NRCC supports these efforts, by providing a permanent institutional home and by serving as an incubator for projects that later take off on their own. Our lean organizational structure allows for low overhead and efficient project administration.


This work is long-term. Ultimately, we hope to inspire a new story for our fellow humans and the environment in which we live—one that includes responsibility and stewardship.

We are grateful to the agencies, foundations, and nonprofit partners who collaborate to make these projects happen. Thank you for your support!

Visit our Projects to learn more about the work we do.


Research. Dialogue. Education. Leadership

Our Programs - Research & Conservation Innovation

Research & Conservation Innovation

Supporting innovative researchers and fostering projects that address complex problems

Our Programs - Community-Based Conservation

Community-Based Conservation

Engaging stakeholders in meaningful dialogues that lead to consensus-based solutions

Our Programs - Education & Civic Engagement

Education & Civic Engagement

Assessing the state of environmental education and providing programming which aligns with conservation needs

Our Programs - Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Identifying key skills needed in the conservation field and providing workshops and publications for professionals


Research. Dialogue. Education. Leadership

R.J. Turner

Photographer in Residence

is the co-manager of Mara Plains Camp, in the Masai Mara, in Kenya

Seth Wilson

Research Associate

with colleagues in Italy, as part of the LIFE Lynx project

Gao Yufang

Research Associate

studies human-carnivore coexistence in Tibet

Mimi Kessler

Research Associate

with Mongolian colleagues for her research on the Great Bustards