NatureNet Science Fellow Haoran Yang in front of one of his nanotech waste-heat transfer experiments at the University of Pennsylvania. © The Nature Conservancy (Cara Byington)

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The Nature Conservancy is seeking early career scientists and engineers for the 2017 cohort of NatureNet Science Fellows. For more details on the NatureNet Science Fellows program and the application process, pleaseclick here. The application deadline is November 30, 2016.

Now in its fifth year, the Conservancy’s NatureNet Science Fellows program is specifically designed to broaden conservation science and research in ways that tackle climate change — our world’s most pressing challenge — head on. To succeed in this effort, the program engages typical conservation disciplines, and goes beyond, bringing entirely new areas of science and engineering to key research themes: halting climate change and adapting to the change that is already underway.

NatureNet Fellows Call for Applications: TNC seeks science & engineering post docs to tackle climate change

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The Fellows program is a joint pursuit between the Conservancy and leading research universities to create a reservoir of new transdisciplinary science talent that will meet the challenges of conservation in the face of climate change.

The Conservancy recognizes climate change as the single greatest threat to our mission, and to humanity. Never before has there been an issue that so tightly integrates the health of the planet with the economy, food production, clean, reliable water, health, and equality.

NatureNet Fellows — leading early career scientists and engineers from diverse fields — marry rigorous academic research and analyses with opportunities to apply that science and research to problem solving at the interface of climate change, technology and conservation. The collaborative, results-oriented program integrates the Conservancy’s long-standing capacity in biology and ecology with engineering, materials science, nanotechnology, geography, economics, chemistry and physics, among other fields.

Fellows pursue research that promises to deliver crucial answers for challenging problems such as how to transition to, and develop the infrastructure for a low carbon energy future, how nature can be part of climate adaptation, how to achieve sustainable food production, clean water supplies, and marine conservation and how to apply urban ecology to pressing problems in mega cities confronting a changing climate.

In projects from New York to Costa Rica, Kenya to Ghana, in research labs and field studies, NatureNet Science Fellows are applying nanotechnology and materials science to create new ways to produce sustainable energy sources and clean water, developing efficient photovoltaic clean energy technologies based on the light-scattering cells of giant clams, as well as a simple, inexpensive and environmentally friendly methodology for recycling the rare earth metals that are vital to renewable and clean energy technologies

The NatureNet Science Fellows have published several influential papers on their work, including a breakthrough in the search for better battery tech and a study showing that energy sprawl is the largest driver of land-use change in the U.S.

Alumni have gone on to faculty positions at leading universities, and to The Nature Conservancy’s science staff, showing the applicability of the fellowship experience in professional tracks from academia to practice.

For more details on the NatureNet Science Fellows program and the application process, pleaseclick here. The application deadline is November 30, 2016.