Teresa de la Puente (nee. Stoepler)

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Policy and Global Affairs

Washington, DC


Teresa M. de la Puente, PhD, is executive director of the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), Policy, part of a global network of academies of sciences, medicine and engineering that provides advice to international organizations and national governments. She is also a senior program officer with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences where she works with other international scientific programs. Teresa is co-leading a flagship GYA initiative that provides peer mentorship to at-risk, displaced and refugee scholars. Previously, she was an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellow at U.S. Geological Survey where she helped the U.S. government build a standing capacity for strategic science following environmental disasters. In this role, Teresa led the formation of academic partnerships to expedite the formation of “crisis science” teams. She holds a B.S. in Biology and Botany from Humboldt State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences from the George Washington University. Trained as an ecologist, Teresa’s previous research focused on plant-insect interactions, including pollination, parasitism, and disease ecology in both natural and agricultural systems.