Student Essays

In an effort to have a forum of truly diverse ideas, and to encourage the next generation of conservation financiers, the Conservation Finance Forum coordinated a student essay competition, offering scholarships  to students from North, Central and South America.  We, at the Conservation Finance Forum, are grateful for all of the effort put in by students across the hemisphere, and for the generous contributions of the  funders who have underwritten the scholarships provided. The essays of the students who have been invited to join the conference are posted below.

North American Students

Patrick Behrer, Harvard University,
"Value of a Name: Naming Rights Auctions and their Potential for Conservation Finance."

Blair Braverman, Colby College,
"The Iditarod Trail as a Model for Conservation."

Michael Fiebig, University of Montana, Missoula,
"Financing Conservation Through Place-Based Adoption."

Clare Fieseler, Nicholas School, Duke University,
"Coastal Conservation Offsets Mortality at Sea: Applying the Bycatch Mitigation Model."

Catherine Gordon, Harvard University,
"Pro-Poor Gene Biodiversity Forestry Fund."

Emily Guerin, Bowdoin College,
"Accidental Conservation: How Decree Law 701 Inadvertently Encouraged Regeneration of Native Forests in Panguipulli, Chile."

Chris Larson, Yale University School of Management,
"Accessing Low-Cost Conservation Capital from Retail Investors."

David Lewis, Harvard School of Design,
"LEED for Lenders, A Conservation Mandate: Sustainable Buildings."

Christopher Morrell, Bates College,
"Cap, Trade, and Monitor: Conservation Through Responsible Land Use in Maine."

Manuel Rincon-Cruz, Harvard College,
"Capital Access: Proposal for a Conservation and Reforestation Revolving Loan Fund."

Anne Shudy Palmer, University of Wisconsin,
"'Pay Dirt' Charcoal: Financing Local and Global Land Conservation with Carbon Payments for Biochar in Agricultural Soils."

Paul Spraycar, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management, University of California, Santa Barbara,
"A Conservation Fund for Sustainable Tourism Development."

Jude Wu, Yale University School of Forestry,
"Using the CDFI Model to Envision the 'Ultimate' Conservation Finance Intermediary."

Laura Wurst, University of Southern Maine.
"Colorado:  A Model for Conservation Financing."

Latin American Students

Carlos Medina, Universidad de Concepción, Chile,
"Economic Valuation of the Conservation in the Galapagos Islands."

Guillermo Andrés Ospina, Universidad del Valle, Colombia,
"Explorando Mecanismos Financieros para la Conservación de Parques Nacionales  Superpuestos con Tierras Privadas: Caso de Colombia."

Bernardo Peredo, Oxford University Centre for the Environment, Oxford University, UK,
"Indigenous Territories, Ecosystem Services and Conservation Finance in Bolivia: Windows of Opportunity for biodiversity conservation and local livelihoods."

Edilson Jimmy Requena Rojas, Universidad Continental de Ciencias e Ingenieria, Peru,
"Estudio de las relaciones entre emisiones biogénicas y la formación de lluvia en la amazonia para conservación de bosques montanos."

Conference Hosts

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

Lincoln Institute
of Land Policy

Universidad Austral
de Chile


Ash Institute for Democratic 
Governance and Innovation at
the Harvard Kennedy School

Forrest Berkley
and Marcie Tyre

Conservation Finance Forum

David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University

Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative (Yale/Smithsonian)

The Betsy and Jesse Fink Foundation

Grasty Quintana Majlis & Cia.

Harvard Forest

Horizon Foundation

Lincoln Institute
of Land Policy

Maine Coast Heritage Trust

The Nature Conservancy

Trust for Public Land

Universidad Austral
de Chile