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Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne

Director of Key Biodiversity Areas

Key Biodiversity Areas

Dr. Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne leads the Canadian Key Biodiversity Areas (KBA) Coalition to identify and map KBAs in Canada. Prior to joining WCS, Ciara worked as a researcher and consultant focused on understanding the different ways that people value and benefit from nature. Based in Montreal, she has engaged in research with colleagues in Canada and internationally on environmental management, system resilience, and futures thinking, and has authored over 20 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on these themes.

Over the past decade, Ciara has also led the development of tools and methods to link science to the needs of decision-makers, with products that include an ecosystem services Toolkit for the Canadian government, and a mechanism for Technical and Scientific Cooperation for parties to the UN Convention on Biological Diversity, developed in partnership with the Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science.

Ciara completed her PhD in 2010 on the spatial analysis of ecosystem services and biodiversity across landscapes. This work was inspired by gaps identified in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, for which Ciara served as the coordinator of the Subglobal Assessment Working Group. Ciara also holds a graduate degree in tropical biology from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.

Resources


Stories and op-eds

Taking different paths: How WCS Canada scientists have adapted to the challenges of COVID 19
2020-08-24

Taking different paths: How WCS Canada scientists have adapted to the challenges of COVID 19

Current circumstances have required both adopting some creative solutions and simply accepting that some field work is not going to happen this summer.
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Chrystal Mantyka-Pringle, Stephen Insley
Thinking big to conserve small but important species
2020-05-21

Thinking big to conserve small but important species

Through the Key Biodiversity Area (KBA) program, lesser-known and sometimes rare and endemic (restricted to a particular location) species are finally getting their due.
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne
Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection
2019-06-04

Mapping out a new approach to biodiversity protection

Decisions around where to establish new protected areas in Canada should consider wildlife and ecosystem health first
Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne

Media coverage


Press releases

A tiny gem hidden on a High Arctic island takes the spotlight
2024-02-13

A tiny gem hidden on a High Arctic island takes the spotlight

In a steep gully at the head of a fiord on Ellesmere Island grows a moss that forms small brilliant green colonies that have a distinctive “sparkly” appearance.
CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas
2022-12-13

CoP15 Event: Key Biodiversity Areas

A tool for effective biodiversity conservation in Canada

, C. Raudsepp-Hearne
© C. Raudsepp-Hearne
Areas of expertise
Ecosystem services Key Biodiversity Areas