Dr. Lucas Joppa leads sustainability at Microsoft, as the company’s first Chief Environmental Officer. In this role, he works to advance Microsoft’s core commitment to sustainability through ongoing technology innovation, program development, policy advancement, and global operational excellence. With a combined background in both environmental science and data science, Lucas is committed to using the power of advanced technology to help transform how society monitors, models, and ultimately manages Earth’s natural resources. He founded Microsoft’s AI for Earth program in 2017—a five-year, $50 million cross-company effort dedicated to delivering technology-enabled solutions to global environmental challenges.

With a PhD in Ecology from Duke University and extensive publication in leading academic journals, such as Science and Nature, Dr. Joppa is a uniquely accredited voice for sustainability in the tech industry. In addition to formerly serving on the Federal Advisory Committee for the Sustained U.S. National Climate Assessment, Lucas…






Conservation: Data Deluge or Drought? – World Wildlife Fund Fuller Symposium Keynote

Conservation: Data Deluge or Drought? – World Wildlife Fund Fuller Symposium Panel

US Department of Agriculture Innovation Challenge

Microsoft Technology Fair – CSPAN

NIMBioS – NSF Career Path seminar

Madingley Model: A new tool for conservation science

Innovation at Microsoft Research – Bloomberg TV

Connecting Environmental and Computer Science – MSR Luminaries Series Interview

A Prediction Engine for the Planet – MSRC ResearchNext Keynote

Film, Identify, Track, Tag, Sense, Fly – MSR TechFest Demo

Technology for Nature – 2013 Royal Society Summer Science Exhibit Interview

Technology for Nature – 2013 MSRC ResearchNext

Interview with eNCA News (South Africa) on Mataki devices

Geo-Database Applications at the Speed of Thought – 2013 MSRC ResearchNext Demo (Piero Visconti)

Microsoft – IUCN Red List Partnership Press Conference (starts at 00:02:10)

New Tools for Environmental Science – MSR Connections Lecture (starts at 00:02:30)


Troubling Trends in the Use of Scientific Software (Science Magazine podcast, starts at 00:13:00)

Popular Writing

AI for Earth (The Guardian)

Beware the Black Box of Scientific Software (Scientific Computing Magazine)

Protect a sixth of the land, protect two thirds of the species (The Conversation)

Electronic Eyes in the Wild (Rolex Awards)

A Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40 (link takes you to book download)

Catching up with… (UW Madison CALS Magazine)

Microsoft Media Coverage

Microsoft News Center – Research predictions for 2016 and 2026

Microsoft News Center – Conservation in the Cloud

Microsoft Fire Hose – Royal Visit

Microsoft Fire Hose – Aichi Targets

Microsoft Enterprise Insights – Mapping Endangered Species

Science @ Microsoft – How many species?

Inside Microsoft Research – MSR Luminaries

Inside Microsoft Research – Royal Society

Inside Microsoft Research – Aichi Targets

Inside Microsoft Research – Animal Tracking

Inside Microsoft Research – IUCN Partnership