As the lead analyst for the Union of Concerned Scientists’ palm oil campaign, Calen May-Tobin conducts research on palm-related deforestation and how to reduce the land-use carbon footprint of the palm oil industry. As part of this work, Mr. May-Tobin released the first Palm Oil Scorecard, which scored the palm oil sourcing commitments of 30 top companies in the packaged food, fast food, and personal care sectors. Numerous companies adapted their palm oil sourcing policies in response to the scorecard.
Mr. May-Tobin also conducts analyses for UCS’s Tropical Forest and Climate Initiative, including work on legislative issues relating to illegal logging, and research on reducing emissions from tropical deforestation, degradation, and land-use change.
Prior to joining UCS, Mr. May-Tobin worked for the Society for Conservation Biology, where he helped to craft the Society’s position on the American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009.
Mr. May-Tobin holds a M.S. in ecology from the University of California, Irvine. He is an active member of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation.
Mr. May-Tobin has been quoted in The Huffington Post, Reuters, and a variety of food industry trade publications.