Profile picture of: Teresa de la Puente (nee. Stoepler)


U.S. National Academy of Sciences

Policy and Global Affairs

Washington, DC

Research Interests

science diplomacy; capacity building for science; migration/displacement; biodiversity conservation; ecology


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.