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Academic Program Professional

Julie Griffin

I work with Liz Hadly to develop an undergraduate academic program to teach conservation and biodiversity in the Anthropocene using immersive learning. This work is funded by HHMI.  We are specifically focusing on making the course and curriculum accessible to minorities who are underrepresented in STEM subjects.  I am also a project manager for the Hadly Lab.  

I obtained a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University, and a Masters in Conservation Leadership from the University of Cambridge.  For just under ten years I worked at the headquarters (Switzerland) of the International Union for the Conservation (IUCN), one of the world’s oldest conservation organizations. Among other roles, I led assessment and training workshops for IUCN’s flagship knowledge product, The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.  I also managed program evaluations of IUCN conservation and development projects, using social science research techniques. I have field work experience in Brazilian Amazon and Belize, and I am an experienced workshop designer and facilitator, and have led workshops in China, India and several countries in Africa.

My perspective on biodiversity conservation has been strongly shaped by my travels by bicycle across remote regions including Alaska, Peru, China, and Central and Southeast Asia.

Tiger, Tadoba Andhari Reserve, India - Photo by Julie Griffin

Favorite wildlife sighting: seeing tigers in India


BA, Environmental Science and Policy, Duke University, 2005
MPhil, Conservation Leadership, University of Cambridge, 2011