Namrata Shrestha is a Senior Research Scientist, Ecology at the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) and an Adjunct Professor at the School of Environment, University of Toronto. She leads the Regional Ecosystem Science Program in the Research and Knowledge Management group at TRCA. Her work mainly focuses on developing and implementing regional level strategies that allows for urban ecosystem conservation and management. She has led numerous projects focusing on natural heritage system, green infrastructure, wildlife movements, and other related plans and programs in the Toronto and region. In addition, she is active in fostering research collaborations and applied research so as to provide science based guidance to policy, planning, and practice of ecosystem management to TRCA and its municipal partners.