Global Freshwater Lead Scientist,

World Hydropower Congress  |  14-16 May 2019  |  Paris


Speaker biography

Jeff Opperman is the global lead scientist for freshwater for World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). This involves working across their network and with external partners to direct research that can strengthen conservation strategies and to integrate science into freshwater programmes and projects.

Previous to joining WWF, Jeff worked for The Nature Conservancy where he served as the director and lead scientist of the Great Rivers Partnership.

His scientific and policy research has been published in journals such as Science, BioScience and Ecological Applications. In addition, Jeff is the lead author of the book ‘Floodplains: processes and management for ecosystem services’ which was published in 2017.

He strives to communicate the challenges and opportunities of protecting fresh water through op-eds, articles and blog posts in such publications as the New York Times, Outside, National Geographic, and The Guardian. He is also a regular contributor to the energy section of

Jeff holds a PhD in ecosystem science from the University of California, Berkeley and a BS in biology from Duke University.

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