Polly E. Holmberg
Training Program Lead
Polly leads the development and organization of Cornell Alliance for Science training programs domestically and abroad, and serves as a facilitator for these long and short courses in strategic science communications. As a conservation biologist (B.Sc., Biology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; M.Sc., Marine Resource Management, Oregon State University) and lover of immersive travel, Polly thrives working on resource conservation approaches in the global context. Her passion for the natural world and global cultures began as a young girl growing up in the Finger Lakes of New York and traveling the US and abroad to visit family and study. A post-baccalaureate program with Round River Conservation Studies in Namibia propelled her interests in international conservation biology and policy. She has worked with the Cheetah Conservation Fund on wildlife conservation strategy; The Nature Conservancy on preserve management; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on coastal and ocean policy. From 2010-2012, she and her husband served in Madagascar with the Peace Corps. Partnered with farming and fishing communities on protected areas projects, Polly observed the inextricable link between food insecurity and roadblocks to conservation, underscoring for her the significance of efforts toward sustainable agricultural systems. With renewed career perspective, she joined the CALS-Cornell community in 2012 through the School of Integrative Plant Science before taking on her role with the Cornell Alliance for Science in International Programs in 2014.