Michael B. Mascia, Ph.D.
Director, Social Science
Mike specializes in environmental politics and policy, the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation, program evaluation and marine conservation. His research focuses on natural resource governance and the social impacts of conservation interventions, particularly with regards to marine protected areas (MPAs).
As Director, Mike leads WWF's social science team and the WWF Conservation Impact Initiative. He has research and policy experience in the United States, Caribbean, Central America, Africa, Southeast Asia, and Pacific Islands. He has also published widely on the social dimensions of biodiversity conservation and provided technical support to numerous government agencies, conservation organizations, and donors. He holds a Ph.D. in environmental politics and policy from Duke University and a Bachelor's degree in biology and government from Bowdoin College.