The founding director of the Voss Program, Prof. Heather Leslie, has been selected as a 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellow. Based at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, the Leopold Leadership Program provides outstanding academic environmental researchers with skills and approaches for communicating and working with partners in NGOs, business, government and communities to integrate science into decision-making.

This year’s fellows come from 16 institutions in Canada and the United States. They will receive intensive leadership training to help them engage effectively with leaders in the public and private sectors who face complex decisions about sustainability and the environment.

“The 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellows are generating new knowledge that is critical to answering the central question of our time: how to preserve Earth’s vital systems while providing the resources that support human wellbeing, including food, water, energy, and fiber,” said Leopold Leadership Program Co-Director Pamela Matson, Dean of Stanford’s School of Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment. “The Leopold program will help the fellows gain skills, tools, and approaches they need to contribute their knowledge most effectively to finding solutions.”

To learn more about Heather’s plans for the Leopold year, read her recent blog post….