Highstead and the Wildlands and Woodlands team are pleased to announce the hiring of a new Senior Conservationist, Spencer Meyer. His work will focus on developing conservation finance strategies to advance New England forest conservation.
“I’m a firm believer in Highstead’s model of working in partnerships to build regional capacity and I’m particularly excited to collaborate with all the Wildlands and Woodland partners,” he said.
With a background in landscape ecology, forest management, and conservation finance, Spencer explores how finance and economic incentives can be used to protect the ecosystem services on which humans depend. Prior to joining Highstead, Spencer held a dual appointment as a post-doc at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and as a NatureNet Fellow with The Nature Conservancy. Before that, Spencer spent 12 years in Maine, leading sustainable forestry partnerships between academic, conservation, industry, and public institutions.
“My ethos and career are inextricably linked with New England’s landscape and I look forward to helping Highstead and the Wildlands and Woodlands partnership conserve a vibrant landscape for critters and citizens alike,” he said. “New England has a long history of conservation innovation and I believe Highstead and its regional partners are poised to make the next breakthroughs in conservation strategies that will accelerate forest conservation toward the Wildlands and Woodlands goal of protecting 70 percent of New England’s forests.”
Spencer earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from University of Maine and an A.B. from Dartmouth College. He has served on several boards and advisory committees, including for Baxter State Park, The Forest Society of Maine and the Dartmouth Second College Grant. Spencer lives with his wife and two children in New Haven, CT.