Recent Recipients

Following is a selection of recent Switzer Leadership Program Grants. These grants are awarded to organizations working with a Switzer Fellow on critical environmental issues, providing ample leadership development opportunities for the Switzer Fellow, and building the organization’s capacity on the issue. Leadership Grants have supported fellows in national organizations such as Wildlife Conservation Society and Clean Air Task Force, as well more local grassroots programs such as Sierra Watch and California Institute for Rural Studies. In all cases, projects aim to use a Switzer Fellow's science, policy, or technical expertise to achieve positive and equitable environmental outcomes.

$20,000 awarded to Community Water Center in 2013
The Community Water Center (CWC) received a second year of Switzer funding for Dr. Carolina Balazs's position as Research Scientist. Carolina is developing short- and long-term research projects for CWC that will inform its advocacy efforts for clean drinking water and public health in...Read more >
$30,000 awarded to Global Diversity Fund, Inc. in 2013
Global Diversity Fund, Inc. (GDF), received a $30,000 second-year grant to continue funding for Susannah McCandless's position as International Program Director. GDF is an international community-based conservation organization focusing on biocultural diversity with programs developed and...Read more >
$35,000 awarded to Wildlife Conservation Society in 2013
This second-year grant provides continued funding for Sarah Reed's work as project leader for the Western Private Lands and Connectivity Conservation project, and for her new full time staff position as Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society. Sarah's work informs...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to SERC Institute in 2012
Eunice Blavascunas will join the staff of SERC Institute as a social scientist responsible for developing a social science program for the organization. SERC Institute, located on the Schoodic Peninsula in Winter Harbor, Maine, was created in 2004 as a National Park Service Research Learning Center...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to San Francisco Estuary Institute in 2012
This grant will fund Chuck Striplen's time as environmental scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) to create a new Tribal Initiative within the Historical Ecology Program of the organization. The Initiative will integrate the historical, ecological and cultural knowledge of...Read more >
$30,600 awarded to Farallones Marine Sanctuary Association in 2012
In this second year of Switzer funding, Leslie Abramson will continue to lead an interdisciplinary working group addressing the issue of whales and ship strikes in the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. This area off the coast of San Francisco provides breeding and feeding grounds...Read more >
$30,000 awarded to Whale Trust in 2012
Whale Trust received a second year of support for Meagan Jones as its first full-time Executive Director. Meagan co-founded the organization in 2001 while getting her PhD, and began working full time after finishing her degree. Meagan is leading the organization through the next phase of its growth...Read more >
$40,000 awarded to Community Water Center in 2012
Community Water Center (CWC) has hired Carolina Balazs as Research Scientist and Scientific Advisor. Carolina will add scientific capacity to this grassroots advocacy organization to help inform its policy and planning efforts as it works to ensure that communities in California’s San Joaquin...Read more >
$35,190 awarded to The Nature Conservancy, Adirondack Chapter in 2012
Through this Switzer Leadership Grant, The Adirondack Nature Conservancy hired Jessie Levine to develop a pilot program for funding the replacement and upgrade of road culverts to benefit aquatic species and habitat. Working with state and local governments and ANC’s academic and NGO partners...Read more >
$32,000 awarded to Wildlife Conservation Society in 2011
The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) will hire Sarah Reed as Project Leader for the Western Private Lands and Connectivity Conservation Project, building on work Sarah has already done with WCS through her David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship . Sarah's participation in the project...Read more >

Spotlight on Leadership

Watching the Weather with Daniel Swain
Fellow Daniel Swain's research focuses on the causes of persistent patterns in the atmosphere—like the ones that cause drought or exceptional rain in California—and how climate change might be affecting them. In his spare time, the 25-year-old Marin native runs the California Weather Blog (weatherwest.com), a must-read for weather nerds where he comments on statewide weather patterns and their big-picture causes. He’s also the one who gave the name “Ridiculously Resilient Ridge” to the pattern that’s being blamed for our three years of drought.Read more >

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