Spencer Meyer

Senior Conservationist at Highstead Foundation NatureNet Fellow at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and The Nature Conservancy

Spencer Meyer is a conservation scientist, forester and people person, whose research explores how innovative conservation finance and economic incentives can be used to advance conservation strategies that protect nature and the ecosystem services on which humans depend. Other research interests include forest management, land use planning, landscape ecology, and stakeholder engagement. Meyer enjoys working in diverse partnerships, including industry, conservation NGOs, public agencies, landowners, and foundations. He earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from University of Maine and an A.B. from Dartmouth College.

Authored Articles
In the nation's Covid epicenter, a well-funded park stokes wellness

New York City's Brooklyn Bridge Park, here on a morning during the Covid shutdown, blends public and private capital to broaden open space access. More neighborhoods need parks like this. 

A Necessity, Not A Luxury: Crisis Reasserts Why Everyone Needs Open Space

America has a long tradition of creating public parks and open space, from the rugged wilds of our National Parks and National Forests to the pocket park down the road from our homes. Today, in the midst of Covid-19 social distancing, those of us who are fortunate to have access...
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Launching the Conservation Finance Network Toolkit

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new series called the Network Toolkit. This series of articles focuses on individual tools practitioners can use. Our goal is to span the range of comfort levels our readers have – from simple to challenging.

Invest in Wildlands and Woodlands: An Op-ed by Spencer Meyer

Have you seen the brilliant crimson and amber of fall foliage in New England? Every year our trees make tourists and natives alike stop and stare in amazement as our region’s forests put on a final show in preparation for winter. But our vibrant forests are at risk. New Englanders...

Impact Investors Find Value in Smallholder Agriculture

How do investment funds build social and environmental priorities into agricultural financing? Several investment funds showcased their strategies for investing in smallholder value chains at the Global Landscapes Forum in Paris on Dec. 5-6. While continuing to seek financial returns, investors are supporting and measuring a broader set of environmental...