Pamela McElwee is Professor of Human Ecology at Rutgers and has conducted fieldwork in Southeast Asia over the last 25 years on the topics of biodiversity, ecosystem services, and climate change. Her first book, Forests are Gold: Trees, People and Environmental Rule in Vietnam won the EUROSEAS prize for best social science book on Southeast Asia. She was awarded a 2019 Andrew Carnegie Fellowship to work on her next book about the environmental legacies of the Vietnam War and the politics of post-war restoration efforts. McElwee has also served as lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), and on the first joint IPCC/IPBES report on Biodiversity and Climate Change. She holds a joint Ph.D. in forestry and environmental studies and anthropology from Yale.