Thomas Brooks joined IUCN on 3 January 2013 as Head, Science and Knowledge. Tom arrives from NatureServe where he was Vice President for Science and Chief Scientist. He previously held biodiversity science positions in The Nature Conservancy and in Conservation International, as well as visiting appointments at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) in the University of the Philippines Los Baños and in the Department of Geography of the University of Tasmania. His field experience is primarily from tropical forest hotspots: in Kenya, Paraguay, and Indonesia and the Philippines.
Tom is an ornithologist by training, with a B.A. (Hons) in Geography from the University of Cambridge (1993) and a Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Tennessee (1998). He served on the Executive Committee of the BP Conservation Leadership Programme (2002–2010), and the co-chair of the IUCN-Rio Tinto Net Positive Impact Protocol & Review Panel Team (2010–2012). He has a long-standing involvement with IUCN, and has served as co-chair of its joint taskforce on ‘Biodiversity and Protected Areas’ since 2009, the Steering Committee of its Species Survival Commission since 2004, and its Red List Committee since 2001. Tom has authored 198 scientific and popular articles.