The issues we care about and support come alive through stories about the work of the Foundation’s many grantees. Learn more about their stories of progress.
The Colorado Plateau is under tremendous stress because of development that is straining natural resources and endangering biodiversity. Jim Enote, director of the Colorado Plateau Foundation is engaging with tribal communities around shared sustainability priorities to sustain Colorado Plateau lands, waters, and culture for generations to come.
Coral reefs are the fabric of daily life in Fiji. Stacy Jupiter works closely with local communities to protect the reefs and the fish that inhabit them. Locally designed and managed, the marine protected areas are increase the number and size of fish, which has a direct impact on the livelihoods of people on the Fijian coast.
Kasaia works with the World Wildlife Federation’s South Pacific Program in Fiji to oversee locally protected marine areas — engaging local communities in efforts to protect the natural resources that support their livelihood.
Jim Barry, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (www.mbari.org) senior scientist, studies how climate change and ocean acidification affects life in the oceans. Scientific information about our oceans, like the research conducted by MBARI, can help us make more informed decisions to support the sustainability of ocean ecosystems.
The Birdlife Invasive Species Programme works with local partners in over 120 countries to remove invasive species that threaten native bird populations. This video follows a team lead by Birdlife Technical Advisor Steve Cranwell as they spread bait to remove the rat populations that threaten seabirds in the Cook Islands.
Engaging inhabitants of the islands of the Western Pacific is key to effectively managing natural resources. Creating small-scale, marine-protected areas for local communities to manage has improved conditions in and around their fishing grounds, as well as brought back species that were thought to have been extinct.
The Packard Fellowship program was established in 1988 to allow the nation’s most promising scientists to pursue science and engineering research early in their careers with few funding restrictions and limited reporting requirements. The program arose out of David Packard’s commitment to strengthen university-based science and engineering programs in recognition that the success of the Hewlett-Packard Company derived in large measure from the research and development in university laboratories. By supporting highly innovative professors early in their careers, the Foundation hopes to support scientific leaders, helping to further their promising work in science and engineering and encourage their efforts to train the next generation of scientists.
Getting policymakers to pay attention to complex scientific issues can be difficult. COMPASS (Communication Partnership for Science and the Sea) trains scientists to effectively inform policymakers and understand the world of journalism to present their science in a compelling manner.