science diplomacy; capacity building for science; migration/displacement; biodiversity conservation; ecology
U.S. National Academy of Sciences
Policy and Global Affairs
Teresa M. Stoepler, PhD, is a program officer with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences where she leads the Pakistan-U.S. Science & Technology (S&T) Cooperation Program, through which the U.S. and Pakistani governments have jointly funded more than $40 million in collaborative research grants since 2005. Teresa also assists with other international scientific programs, including the U.S. – Egypt S&T Joint Fund and the PEER/Liberia program. As a member of the Global Young Academy, Teresa is co-leading an initiative to induct at-risk and refugee scholars into the membership of the organization. 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.