Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions

Sara Mason

Senior Policy Associate, Ecosystem Services Program


Sara Mason joined the Ecosystem Services Program at the Nicholas Institute for Energy, Environment & Sustainability after graduating from Duke with a master’s degree in environmental management. Her work centers on the interdisciplinary nature of natural resource management, with projects focusing on incorporating ecosystem services into natural resource management decisions, nature-based solutions policy and finance, environmental markets, climate resilience policy, and sustainable infrastructure. Mason is the coordinator of the National Ecosystem Services Partnership, an information and knowledge exchange hub for policy work and research on ecosystem services and nature-based solutions.

Sara recommends:

Dirt (book): Makes you think about dirt, something most of us never think about, in a whole new way. It’s an interesting blend of information on science, history, and agriculture; and The Mongabay Newscast (podcast): Great way to hear interesting updates on current research and issues in the conservation space, and to hear from scientists themselves about the messages they really want to convey to a broader audience about their work.