Allison Leidner, Scientist III

Allison Leidner


NASA Headquarters
300 E St SW
Washington, DC 20546

Phone: 202-358-0855


Conservation biology, climate change, remote sensing, endangered species, landscape ecology, insect conservation.


Allison Leidner is a Scientist III with USRA, located in the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters. At NASA, she coordinates the agency’s involvement in the National Climate Assessment (NCA) and activities within the Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting programs. She started at NASA as an AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow in 2010, and moved to USRA in 2012. Prior to her time at NASA, Allison was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Maryland. There, she collaborated on a review of how recovery objectives are developed for threatened and endangered species. Allison earned a Ph.D. in zoology from North Carolina State University, where she studied the effects of habitat fragmentation on butterfly communities. Her research centered on identifying conservation strategies for a newly described butterfly, the crystal skipper. Before returning to graduate school, Allison worked at The Nature Conservancy as a research assistant on an international team to identify priority conservation areas in the Caribbean. She also holds a B.S. and M.S. in biological sciences from Stanford University. Allison is interested in increasing communication among conservation scientists and with legislators and the public. Among her efforts in this area, she co-founded the Triangle Chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology, served as the chapter’s first president, and participated in a public policy leadership program with the American Institute of Biological Sciences. Allison has presented her research to numerous scientific and public audiences, and has experience liaising with federal and state agencies, local governments, and private landowners.