Gwen Iacona is an applied conservation scientist who uses quantitative and empirical approaches to understand how biodiversity outcomes can be improved by better decision making. Much of her work uses theoretical tools to study how the costs of conservation interventions influence the choice of actions and the resulting outcomes. At RFF, she is working to develop innovations for linked ecological/economic system models that can enhance their ability to inform conservation policy. Gwen has also worked closely with several conservation organizations on projects that include understanding conservation costs, predicting invasive plant cover, modelling protected area effectiveness, and prioritizing conservation action.
- PhD in ecology, University of Tennessee, 2014
- MS in wildlife ecology and conservation, University of Florida, 2008
- BS in biology, Florida Institute of Technology, 2003