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Rachel Neugarten

MS 2010

Rachel Neugarten is senior manager of conservation priority setting at Conservation International, where she works to incorporate ecosystem services and human well-being into CI’s geographic priority setting, monitoring and evaluation frameworks. She works with other experts from CI's Moore Center for Science and Oceans to develop and test methods for mapping important areas for biodiversity, fresh water, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and food security. Prior to joining CI, Rachel worked for The Nature Conservancy, conducting ecological assessments of freshwater systems and supporting project teams in conservation planning and evaluation. Rachel has a B.A. from Columbia University and an M.S. from the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University, where she studied the socioeconomic and ecological implications of large-scale “working forest” conservation agreements, with Drs. Steven Wolf, Richard Stedman, and Barbara Bedford.


Neugarten, R.A., S.A. Wolf, and R.C. Stedman. 2012. Forest fights and forest rights: Working forests as a strategy for reducing tensions in New York State. Society and Natural Resources. 25 (12): 1205-1220.

Neugarten, R.A., S.A. Wolf, R.C. Stedman, and T.H. Tear. 2011. Integrating ecological and socioeconomic monitoring of working forests. BioScience. 61: 631-637.

McDonald, R., R.T.T. Forman, P. Kareiva, R.A. Neugarten, D. Salzer, and J. Fisher. 2009. Urban effects, distance, and protected areas in an urbanizing world. Landscape and Urban Planning.  93(1): 63-75.

Salafsky, N., D. Salzer, A.J. Stattersfield, C. Hilton-Taylor, R.A. Neugarten, S.H.M. Butchart, B. Collen, N. Cox, L.L. Master, S. O’connor, and D. Wilkie. 2008. A Standard Lexicon for Biodiversity Conservation: Unified Classifications of Threats and Actions. Conservation Biology, 22: 897-911.