News and Research Stories

February 3, 2014

Call for 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellowship applications now open

The Leopold Leadership Program seeks applications from outstanding midcareer academic environmental researchers from North America for the 2015 Leopold Leadership Fellowships. The program provides researchers with the skills, approaches, and theoretical frameworks for translating their knowledge to action and for catalyzing change to address the world’s most pressing sustainability challenges. Up to 20 fellows will be selected to participate in two intensive training sessions a year apart to build and enhance their skills for leading change, wherever they choose to work on local to global scales. Applications are welcome from a broad range of disciplines including the biophysical and social sciences and technical, medical, and engineering fields related to the environment and sustainability. Applicants must be employed by an academic institution, have a faculty position, and be active in teaching and research. Click here for complete guidelines, training schedule, and application forms.

April 29, 2013

Connecting with the Leopold Leadership Network

The Leopold Leadership Fellows are an influential network of transformational leaders who are recognized as powerful forces of change.  We invite you to connect with them through the:

  • directory, where you will find out about their initiatives and interests or through the tag cloud on the front page. 
  • Leopold Leadership 3.0 blog about the future of leadership training for global sustainability
  • resources section with tips for teaching and facilitation
  • Channel Leopold: Videos that fellows have made for various audiences


January 30, 2013

2013 Leopold Leadership Fellows selected

Congratulations to the 2013 Leopold Leadership Fellows! Twenty outstanding researchers have been selected from 17 institutions in Canada, Mexico, and the United States for this year's fellowships. They come from diverse professional backgrounds and a range of disciplines that includes ecology, marine science, behavioral science, economics, entomology, engineering, and planning. In the coming year, the fellows will receive intensive leadership training to help them translate their knowledge to action. Read more about the fellows and their interests here.

January 15, 2013

New Panama Canal: Hope for the Gulf Coast

Denise Reed

In discussions about saving the Louisiana coast from sinking into the rising Gulf, Denise Reed (2006) highlighted an eye-opening idea -- the positive role that planned upgrades to the Panama Canal could play. As part of a plan to support the larger ships that will traverse the canal, realigning the Mississippi River shipping canal for the Port of South Louisiana could rebuild the coast in both physical and economic perspectives. "We have to look for ways to make the river work for us in the world we live in today and going forward," Reed says.

December 21, 2012

A path to coexistence with lions

Stuart Pimm

photo: Siemdepiem

Stuart Pimm (1999) and his colleagues estimate that lion populations on Africa's savannahs have decreased by almost two-thirds over the last 50 years due to habitat loss as human population has grown. Pimm stresses that there is still time to prevent them from decreasing to critical levels. “We’re using this information to very actively look at strategies for how we can protect lions and help people get a benefit from having wildlife live near them,” he says. He notes that lions and other wildlife are a valuable resource and can drive tourism and other economic activity in countries where they are protected.