Chief executive officer, global change scientist, professor, film producer
United States, permanent resident of South Africa and Namibia
Phoebe is a conservation and global change biologist, behavioural ecologist and sustainability strategist. She is US-born and raised, but spent most of her career in Namibia and South Africa, equally in the scientific/ academic and national/ international policy arenas. Phoebe is founding CEO of the Stable Planet Alliance (‘bending the curve on population and hyperconsumption), affiliate full professor at University of Washington and research associate of the African Climate and Development Initiative and FitzPatrick Institute at the University of Cape Town. Previously, she led the Pacific Biodiversity Institute, was chief science and policy officer at the Conservation Biology Institute, and in South Africa, was lead scientist of Climate Change BioAdaptation and Biodiversity Futures at the South African National Biodiversity Institute. She is a global citizen and film co-producer, coauthor of the World Scientists’ Warnings of a Climate Emergency and follow-on papers, and determined to avert the trajectory of humanity from the abyss. In what passes as spare time, she climbs erupting volcanoes, trail-runs in mountains, adventures with her family and filmmaker husband, makes films and exults in life on this exquisite planet.