Nic Buckley Biggs is an agriculture and conservation social scientist trained in rangelands management, environmental governance, anthropology, and geography. She conducts interdisciplinary research into the human dimensions of natural resources governance and rural land use change in the context of California rangelands. Her work focuses on food systems and working lands policy. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, Nic’s current projects investigate the interplay of public and private sector programs from the local to the international level, the economics of payments for ecosystem services, and the influence of landowners’ perceptions on land management and program participation.

Before graduate school, Nic worked as Campaign Director for the Northern Sierra Partnership project at The Nature Conservancy and previously as Assistant Director of the Aspen Institute’s Energy & Environment Program. 

Areas of expertise: Agriculture & conservation policy, human dimensions of global land use management, ranching communities, large landscape conservation, payments for ecosystem services, social-ecological systems