Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Director of Conservation Science, The Nature Conservancy
Biography: Scott Sowa is the Director of Conservation Science for the Michigan Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. In this role Scott leads a team of scientists that work with a numerous academic and agency partners to help provide the scientific to support the development and implementation of conservation strategies. These strategies span a variety of Great Lakes issues such as sustainable forestry and agriculture, urban green infrastructure, aquatic invasive species, coastal resilience, climate change, and fisheries. A major focus for Scott across these issues has been improving information delivery to support strategic decision making and policy development. Scott previously held positions as the Aquatic Resource Coordinator and Assistant Director for the Missouri Resource Assessment Partnership (MoRAP); a partnership of seventeen state and federal agencies and NGOs that was seated within the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri. He obtained his BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and his MS and PhD in Fisheries and Wildlife from the University of Missouri.