Mauri Liberati


​Bailey Conservation Fellow

As TNC's first Bailey Conservation Fellow, Mauri is working with a broad and diverse set of TNC staff and partners to research how best to link our conservation actions to people and the things they care about, like ensuring that our waters are swimmable, fishable and drinkable.  By expanding our understanding of these linkages, we will improve our ability to strategically determine where and how we work to maximize benefits to nature AND people, as well as, assess measurable benefits to the quality of people's lives. 

Mauri is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. While her research background is in avian ecology, her dissertation focuses on topics related to landscape ecology, conservation planning and exurban ecosystems. Her dissertation research has used innovative conservation planning methods to explore tradeoffs in complex socio-ecological landscapes. Mauri was also a student-athlete at Virginia Tech, where she played soccer and completed a bachelor's degree in Biology. She also received a Master of Science degree from Ohio State where she studied the breeding ecology of Northern bobwhite. Mauri is dedicated to teaching, whether it be youth soccer or introductory biology courses, and was a tutor and graduate assistant at the UConn Writing Center. She is also active in public outreach and engagement and regularly participates in youth outreach programs and has served on town planning commissions. 

Contact: Mauri Liberati | 517.316.2214