Rodd Kelsey

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  • The Nature Conservancy

Rodd Kelsey, Lead Scientist -- Land Program, The Nature Conservancy 

Rodd leads a team of scientists to guide the Conservancy’s efforts in protecting biodiversity and ecosystem function in working landscapes. Areas of focus include restoration of Sierra forests and high elevation meadows, wildlife-friendly farming and managing for ecosystem services in agricultural landscapes, and rangeland conservation. Rodd has over 20 years’ experience in natural resources conservation and wildlife research. Prior to joining The Nature Conservancy, Rodd served as Director of Bird Conservation for Audubon California, where he oversaw Audubon’s major conservation programs. Rodd received a B.A. in environmental conservation at the University of Colorado, an M.S. in biology at California State University, Long Beach, and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis.