About

I began my career at Microsoft Research where I led research programs at the intersection of environmental and computer science. I then moved on from pure research to become Microsoft’s first Chief Environmental Scientist in order to lead and grow AI for Earth, a 5 year, $50 million cross-company program dedicated to deploying Microsoft’s 35 years in AI research and technology in the four key areas of agriculture, water, biodiversity, and climate change. Now, as Microsoft’s first Chief Environmental Officer I manage the company’s overall environmental sustainability efforts – from ensuring core operational excellence and policy advances to deploying advanced technology solutions to environmental challenges (including AI for Earth). My career blends together environmental science research with technology innovation, people and project management, strategy formulation and implementation, and marketing and communications. I am motivated by the urgent need to transform the way society monitors, models, and ultimately manages Earth’s natural resources.

Education

I hold a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, completed my PhD in Ecology from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, and am a former Peace Corps volunteer (Malawi).

Projects

Publications

Videos

Other

Videos

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)

Audio

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