Dr Jensen Montambault

Adjunct Senior Fellow

School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Faculty of Science


Jensen Montambault is an interdisciplinary scientist with The Nature Conservancy and researches questions at the nexus of nature conservation and human wellbeing. She serves on the management team and Science Advisory Council of the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and investigates the link between science innovations, human behavior and conservation outcomes.

Jensen has over 25 years of experience working on conservation projects throughout the world. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, she served as a community environmental promoter in Peace Corps-Nicaragua, managed grants for the USAID Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Program at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and coordinated Conservation International’s Rapid Assessment Program.

She received her M.S. in interdisciplinary ecology from the University of Florida assessing socioeconomic influences on household attitudes toward conservation in rural Nicaragua and her Ph.D. in the same program studying the effects of rapid suburbanization on endemic land birds in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

Research Impacts

The Science for Nature and People Partnership include two international nature conservation organizations and a science synthesis center – The Nature Conservancy, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California, Santa Barbara. SNAPP funds working groups that answer science questionssand foster a pathway to implementation at the intersection of nature conservation, human well-being and inclusive, sustainable development.

Four examples of influential science to solutions from SNAPP working groups include:

  • the science behind the Chinese government’s elephant ivory trade ban
  • an online tool co-created for and by data-limited fisheries managers across the globe
  • a World Bank guide to win-wins for human communities and coastal ecosystems in danger
  • models helping the Tanzanian government manage the needs for agricultural intensification, wildlife conservation, and watershed management

In addition to impact via leadership responsibilities at SNAPP, blogs on Cool Green Science feature science-to-action.