Carol L. Mitchell, Ph.D., is a tropical ecologist and conservationist dedicated to the preservation and restoration of wild nature. From 2005 through 2018 Dr. Mitchell served as Deputy Director for Science at Everglades National Park, leading National Park Service strategic science initiatives for the Everglades Restoration Program, the largest wetland ecosystem restoration program in the world. Previously she worked with WWF and Conservation International, leading interdisciplinary conservation and development programs in the southeastern rainforests of Peru. Her focus during her career has shifted from doing the primary field research toward managing conservation science organizations and tailoring both the production and the synthesis of the science to the needs of decision-makers.  Her current interests are in ecosystem restoration in the tropics, and natural resources conservation and science policy in Latin America and the US, especially the role that science plays in decision-making for protected areas.