Julia Osterman is currently an MBA-MSc candidate in Environment and Resources at Stanford University. Prior to starting graduate school, Julia worked for four years at The Nature Conservancy in development, operations and conservation strategy. In her most recent role, she served as Chief of Staff to the Chief Conservation Officer who oversees all conservation, science, external affairs and development programs. Julia's passion for conservation began as a volunteer and later as a field assistant on a research project in Madagascar. She is interested in studying and finding sustainable development solutions that benefit people while conserving nature.
Julia has a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in biodiversity and conservation from Yale University. While at Yale, she conducted ecological research and co-authored a research paper on the effect of alewives on bluegill fish. Julia has contributed numerous book reviews and interviews as a writer for Voices for Biodiversity, including interviews with conservationist and advisory board member Dr. Stuart Pimm, National Geographic Explorer Luke Dollar and author Will Stolzenburg.