Sandy Andelman Named the New President and CEO
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Sandy J. Andelman has been named the President and CEO of the Organization for Tropical Studies (OTS) and will start on February 16, 2017. Andelman succeeds Dr. Elizabeth Losos who served in this capacity for the past twelve years.
Dr. Andelman is currently Chief Scientist and Senior Vice President for Conservation International (CI), where she was responsible for providing science vision, strategy and thoughtful leadership for the organization, for helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for creating strategic alliances with partners.
Sandy also conceived and served as the founding Executive Director of the Vital Signs monitoring system, which fills a critical unmet need for integrative, diagnostic data on African agriculture, natural capital and human well-being. She led the design and creation of the Tropical Ecology, Assessment and Monitoring (TEAM) Network, a global system to understand how climate change is affecting biodiversity in tropical forests worldwide. She is a World Economic Forum Transformation Leader and previously served on the WEF Global Agenda Council on Food Security.
Sandy previously served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), one of the world’s top ecological research institutes. Through her leadership of Vital Signs and TEAM, Sandy has pioneered the creation of global monitoring and forecasting systems for climate and environmental change and agricultural outcomes to recognize and predict thresholds of environmental degradation in time to prevent them and promote resilient human societies.
She wants to create a culture of environmental science that is relevant to our connected world. She envisions dynamic, diverse networks of scientists and policy makers that transcend organizational and national boundaries, collaborating across the globe. Using unified methods and innovative informatics and mobile technologies, she aims to create global public data resources and problem-solving tools to tackle important environmental problems.
Sandy received her Ph.D. in behavioral ecology from the University of Washington. Her scientific expertise includes tropical ecosystems, biodiversity, interactions between the environment and human wellbeing, the design of monitoring systems and conservation planning.
We are excited to share this major event with you, as part of the OTS community!