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Thomas McShane

Thomas McShane

Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures

School of Life Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 874501
Tempe, AZ 85287-4501


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Adjunct Faculty, School of Sustainability, College of Global Futures
  • Visiting Lecturer, Institute for Landscape Management, University of Freiburg, Germany


Thomas O. McShane has over thirty years of experience in conservation and development. He has worked in the private sector, for government in both developed and developing countries, and for international non-governmental organizations. McShane is currently Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, and adjunct faculty at their School of Sustainability. He is also a visiting lecturer at the Institute for Landscape Management at the University of Freiburg, Germany. He consults for NGOs, aid agencies and the private sector on social and environmental sustainability, program development and evaluation, and conservation and development issues. Most recently he was Principal Investigator of the John T. and Catherine D. MacArthur Foundation-supported Advancing Conservation in a Social Context research initiative exploring the complex trade-offs that exist within conservation and between conservation and other social goals. From 1986 to 2005 McShane worked for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF International), first in the Africa and Madagascar Program and then as the organization's Senior Conservation Advisor on conservation and development issues.


  • MSc, Engineering, University of Washington, 1978
  • BSc, Forest Resources, University of Washington, 1977


Journal Articles


Kinzig, A. P. and T. O. McShane. 2015. Editorial: Conservation in Africa: Exploring the impact of social, economic and political drivers on conservation outcomes. Environmental Research Letters 10(9):090201. DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/9/090201. (link )


McShane, T. O., P. Hirsch, T. Trung, A. N. Songorwa, A. P. Kinzig, B. Monteferri, D. Mutekanga, H. V. Thang, J. L. Dammert, M. Pulgar-Vidal, M. Welch-Devine, J. P. Brosius, P. Coppolillo and S. O'Connor. 2011. Hard choices: Making trade-offs between biodiversity conservation and human well-being. Biological Conservation 144(3):966-972. DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2010.04.038. (link )