Mary Thompson-HallSenior Program Specialist START
As a Senior Program Specialist at START, Mary Thompson-Hall served as a Co-Principal Investigator and West Africa Team Lead on the Adaptation at Scale in Semi-Arid Regions (ASSAR) project, part of the broader Collaborative Adaptation Research Initiative in Africa and Asia (CARIAA) until 2018. Currently she is working on a diverse portfolio that includes work on renewable energy in North and Sub-Saharan Africa, gender, generating greater impact from research, communications and proposal development. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Arts and Ph.D. in geography from the University of South Carolina where her research focused on intersections of conservation and development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Previously, Mary worked with World Bank and African Development Bank experts on participatory adaptation fieldwork for the Zambian Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), and also co-authored a USAID commissioned report on gender and climate change adaptation. Prior to beginning her work at START, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Basque Center for Climate Change (BC3) in Bilbao, Spain on topics relating to agricultural biodiversity and climate change adaptation.