Jeffrey Milder is the Rainforest Alliance’s lead scientist and chief advisor for biodiversity and ecosystem conservation. In this role, he works to incorporate best available scientific evidence into the organization’s sustainability standards, programs and overall strategy and to design and implement monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment activities to understand the effects of the Rainforest Alliance's work on ecosystems and natural resources. He also heads the development and implementation of the Rainforest Alliance’s research strategy, including engagement with universities and other external research partners.
Prior to joining the Rainforest Alliance, Jeffrey served as director of research for EcoAgriculture Partners, where he led efforts to demonstrate and evaluate cutting-edge “win-win” strategies to increase food production, improve livelihoods and conserve biodiversity in rural landscapes. He has also advised governments and conservation organizations on sustainable development initiatives in North America, Latin America and Africa. His prior research has focused on the evaluation of sustainable development and land-use strategies including payments for ecosystem services, silvopastorism (diversified cattle-crop-tree systems) in Central America and conservation-friendly designs for residential and amenity development in North America. He has published widely, including in leading scientific journals such as Nature, Conservation Biology, BioScience, Biological Conservation and Ecology & Society.
Jeff earned Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Harvard University. He has held research posts at Cornell University, Centro Agronómico Tropical de Investigación y Enseñanza (CATIE) and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.