Polly E. Holmberg
Training Program Lead
Polly serves as Program Coordinator for Cornell’s Alliance for Science (CALS-International Programs) and leads the organization of Alliance training programs. She loves working in the international context on global resource conservation issues. Polly has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a M.Sc. in Marine Resource Management from Oregon State University. Her passion for the natural world and travel began as a young girl growing up in the Finger Lakes of New York and visiting family and friends in the US and abroad. A post-baccalaureate program with Round River Conservation Studies in Namibia was particularly influential in propelling her professional interests in international conservation strategy development. Polly has worked on wildlife conservation strategy with the Cheetah Conservation Fund; coastal wetlands management with The Nature Conservancy; and marine ecology and ocean policy with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in DC. From 2010-2012 she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband in Madagascar. Paired with subsistence farming and fishing communities in the highlands of Madagascar, Polly developed an intimate understanding and appreciation for food security struggles in the developing agricultural world. She returned to the Finger Lakes in 2012 and joined the Cornell community through a position with the School of Integrative Plant Science.