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Sandy Andelman

Vital Signs
Executive Director

Sandy Andelman is Senior Vice President at Conservation International (CI), and Executive Director of the Vital Signs monitoring system, which fills a critical unmet need for integrative, diagnostic data on agriculture, natural capital and human well-being.  Vital Signs Africa was recently launched with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She previously served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), one of the world’s top ecological research institutes.  Her scientific expertise includes tropical ecosystems, biodiversity, climate change and interactions between the environment and human wellbeing. Dr. Andelman has pioneered the creation of global monitoring and forecasting systems for climate change and ecological change – early warning systems  – to recognize and predict thresholds of environmental degradation in time to prevent them and to promote resilient human societies. Andelman wants to help create a new culture of environmental science that is relevant to our increasingly connected world.  She envisions dynamic, diverse networks of scientists and policy makers that transcend organizational and national boundaries, collaborating across the globe. Using unified methods and innovative informatics and mobile technologies, she aims to create global public data resources and problem-solving tools to tackle important environmental problems.