Natalie Dubois

Climate Change and Wildlife Scientist

Natalie is the Climate Change and Wildlife Scientist for Defenders of Wildlife, where she works on issues related to adaptation of natural systems to climate change, including integrating climate change adaptation into conservation planning and decision making.  As a member of Defenders' climate department, she works closely with the conservation planning team to provide capacity and technical support to state agencies in strategic biodiversity protection, with specific attention to incorporating climate change adaptation into the State Wildlife Action Plans (SWAPs) and other conservation planning efforts. Prior to joining Defenders, Natalie worked at NatureServe and has held research positions in the fields of animal behavior and science education. Natalie conducted her graduate research at the W.K. Kellogg Biological Station and holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior.


Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.  We work to protect and restore America's native wildlife, safeguard habitat, resolve conflicts, work across international borders and educate and mobilize the public.  We are committed to safeguarding biodiversity from the impacts of climate change by advancing wildlife and ecosystem-based adaptation policies and planning.