Dr. Allison Leidner, Biological Diversity Program

Dr. Allison Leidner

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Dr. Allison Leidner works at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC, through a cooperative agreement between NASA and the Universities Space Research Association. She began her tenure at NASA as a Science & Technology Policy Fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Allison coordinates the Earth Science Division’s involvement in the National Climate Assessment, a U.S. Global Change Research Program activity that synthesizes advances in climate change science and assesses the impacts of climate change on regions and sectors within the United States. In this role, she coordinates several research programs in support of assessment science. Allison also works on program coordination and management with the Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Programs. She leads involvement in special activities, such as the 2014 IUCN World Parks Congress and the Fourth Carbon Cycle & Ecosystems Joint Science Workshop, and serves as a liaison to the domestic and international conservation remote sensing community. She received a NASA Special Service Award in 2014.

Allison’s academic research focused on the ecology and conservation of rare and endangered species. With an eye toward developing practical recommendations for natural resource management, she investigated the impacts of habitat fragmentation on butterfly communities in order to identify effective conservation strategies to promote landscape connectivity. She also researched the recovery planning process for plants and animals listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Prior to joining NASA, Allison worked as a spatial conservation planner for The Nature Conservancy’s Caribbean Division. Allison earned a Ph.D. in Zoology from North Carolina State University and a B.S. and M.S. in Biology from Stanford.