Dr. Brent Loken is an interdisciplinary scientist, conservation scientist, and social entrepreneur and he is involved in research pertaining to the integration of sustainability science and resilience thinking into conservation and the role of NGOs, power and politics in conservation initiatives.
He is currently working as the Science Liaison Officer for EAT, an Oslo based organization working to transform the global food system to feed 9 billion people healthy and sustainable diets. Brent decided to join EAT because he felt that he could have a larger impact working with an international organization. In addition, he came to realize that many of the environmental problems he was working on in Borneo were essentially rooted in food and agriculture.
For the past 20 years, he has been involved in coordinating, building, and organizing large projects and teams in various contexts around the world, most recently as Executive Director and co-founder of the NGO Integrated Conservation and his past research has focused on developing new techniques for estimating clouded leopard and orangutan densities, investigating orangutan terrestriality across various disturbance regimes and the impact of logging on mammal functional diversity.
He has published a number of research papers, many of which have been featured in outlets such as National Geographic, Scientific American and CNN. He has experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders including government officials, businesses, scientists, local communities and the media and has written about numerous topics ranging from education, to conservation, to social-ecological systems to rock climbing.