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Craig Groves

Craig GrovesCraig Groves is the Executive Director for the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAP;, a collaboration with the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), The Nature Conservancy, and the National Center for Ecological Synthesis (NCEAS) at the University of California Santa Barbara. SNAPP funds and facilitates multi-disciplinary working groups to address some of conservation’s most challenging problems at the interface of nature conservation, human well-being, and economic development. He has also served as the Series Editor for IUCN’s World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) Best Practice Guidelines.

Prior to the SNAPP initiative, Craig directed the Conservation Methods Team in The Nature Conservancy. From 2002-2007, Craig worked as a conservation biologist and planner for the Wildlife Conservation Society, both in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and in selected international projects.  

Earlier in his career, Craig launched the Idaho Natural Heritage Program (a cooperative biodiversity inventory program between TNC and state government), worked as a nongame and endangered species biologist for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, and served as the Director of Conservation Planning for TNC from 1997-2002 where he led the efforts to develop ecoregional biodiversity plans.

He has written and published a book on conservation planning (Drafting a Conservation Blueprint, Island Press 2003) as well as numerous popular and scientific articles on conservation planning, climate adaptation, and on the ecology of at-risk species in the Rocky Mountains. His second book, Conservation Planning: Informed Decisions for a Healthier Planet (with co-author Eddie Game) was published in January 2016. He recently served on a National Academy of Science Panel to evaluate USFWS Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

In his leisure time, Craig loves to trail run, backcountry ski, and raft wilderness rivers.