I’m a conservation scientist dedicated to finding strategies and solutions based in interdisciplinary research that address applied, real-world conservation issues. To progress, conservation must involve both research and outreach. To that end, I dedicate time and effort to developing my skills as a science communicator and am experimenting with different ways of sharing conservation stories. I constantly seek ways to make my science meaningful and impactful for multiple stakeholders.


Starting back in Sept 2014, I am now located in Washington, DC having joined the esteemed ranks of the AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship. As a Climate Change Advisor with the Bureau for Africa at USAID, I integrate climate change into Agency policy and process and provide technical assistance as needed to our in-country field offices. My portfolio centers on climate-smart agriculture (CSA) and within that, I work to mainstream CSA within the Agency where relevant and to ensure that CSA research and projects directly feed into positive, sustained development impacts.

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Please browse my website for specifics of my body of research, leadership, and outreach. Contact me with any questions you may have about my research areas or my outreach and service projects. I look forward to talking with you!


Follow me on Twitter: @MaritWilk. I post about new & classic conservation research, major conservation news in the US, and ways to better science communication and nature connection.

Young lab rabble (2012)

I am associated with the audacious and endlessly varied Young lab at UC Davis, spearheaded by Dr. TP Young. Always something happening!

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