Mary Ruckelshaus is a Consulting Professor at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment and Managing Director of the Natural Capital Project. She oversees all work of the Natural Capital Project partnership including strategy, coordination, fundraising, communications, and hiring. The main focus of her recent work is on developing ecological models including estimates of the flow of environmental services under different management regimes in marine systems worldwide. Ruckelshaus serves on the Science Council of The Nature Conservancy and is the Chair of its Washington Board, and is a past chair of the Science Advisory Board of the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. Ruckelshaus has a bachelor's degree in human biology from Stanford University, a master's degree in fisheries from the University of Washington, and a doctoral degree in botany, also from the University of Washington.