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Heather Schoonover


Current Research

I am a researcher in the EU Project OPERAs (Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications), which brings together academic, civil society and private partners to integrate the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital into policy and practice. I coordinate across 12 case studies that span different geographies, ecosystems, scales and sectors, and also lead the wine case study, which seeks to understand how different actors in the wine value chain (producers, retailers, consumers) influence wine production and thus the ecosystem services provided by vineyard ecosystems.


My background is in both environmental science & policy and business. I completed my bachelors and a master degrees in Earth Systems, an interdiscplinary program that integrates the natural and social sciences, at Stanford University, and later went on to obtain an MBA with a focus on sustainable business from the University of Washington. Prior to joining LUCSUS I worked as a policy analyst examining sustainable food, farm and trade systems at the non-profit Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy and as a manager on the sustainability team at Starbucks Coffee Company. My passion lies in bringing together different sectors, disciplines and perspectives to address complex societal challenges.


For the past two years I have been the course coordinator for the LUMES Earth Systems Science course, where I have led sessions on ecosystem services, climate change negotiations, and quantitative analysis. 


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