Noel Gurwick is an ecosystem scientist on the Sustainable Landscapes team. He has conducted research on how streamside soils protect groundwater quality, how climate change affects grasslands, and landowner participation in wetlands permitting programs. Prior to joining USAID, he worked on protocols to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture and on sustainability indexes for growers and food retailers. Earlier, Noel served as a AAAS fellow at the Department of State supporting biofuel economies in Central America. Noel holds Ph.D. in Biogeochemistry and Environmental Change and an M.S. in Natural Resource Policy and Program Evaluation from Cornell University. He is on the editorial boards for Issues in Ecology and Ecosphere, both publications of the Ecological Society of America.