Dr. Janis Bristol Alcorn has over thirty years experience in international development and research in tropical ecology, indigenous natural resource management systems and conservation of biodiversity in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. She received her Ph.D. in Botany, with a minor in Anthropology, from the University of Texas at Austin in 1982. Her scholarly work has focused on the ecological impacts of indigenous conceptualization, use and management of plant resources. Her applied work has focused on supporting indigenous resource management, strengthening local governance institutions and their engagement with national government, and supporting coalitions of NGOs concerned with indigenous and conservation issues. She taught at Tulane University from 1985-1988, and served as a AAAS Fellow in the Asia Bureau of USAID from 1989-1990. From 1991 to 2001, she was Director for Asia & Pacific and the global Peoples, Forests and Reefs Program at the Biodiversity Support Program (BSP) at World Wildlife Fund. In 2002, she became an independent consultant and a Fellow at World Resources Institute's Institutions and Governance Program. Since 2002 she has served as Advisor to the Garfield Foundation, managing the program in the Gran Chaco of Bolivia, Paraguay and Argentina. Her other clients have included Ford Foundation, World Bank, UNDP, USAID, CIFOR, UNEP, Forest Trends, Rights and Resources, CIEL, WRI, IRG, WWF, RRG, and Chemonics.