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.


Currently, I serve as Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) Specialist within the Bureau for Food Security at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). I function as part of a three-person team leading the Agency on CSA policy and programming. Within that team, I bring in expertise on adoption, decision-making and motivation psychology as well as my background in systems thinking.

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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)

During a recent interview with Malawian Lead Farmers


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