Dr. Shobha Maharaj is a climate impacts scientist who has spent the last 12 years in a combination of research and practitioner roles centered around the assessment of climate impacts upon terrestrial ecosystems; biodiversity and protected areas management & planning. Her current interests now focus on climate impacts and sustainable nature-based adaptation and mitigation strategies across the wide array of both islands and continental biodiversity hotspots dis

tributed across the world and especially within the Agriculture, Forestry and Land Use (AFOLU) sector.

She is currently serving as a Lead Author on the IPCC’s upcoming AR6 for both the Small Islands Chapter and the Biodiversity Hotspots Cross-Chapter Paper. Additionally, she is also a Contributing Author for the AR6’s Key Risks across Sectors and Regions Chapter within Working Group II.

Shobha received a BSc with a double major in Zoology and Botany (Hons) and an MPhil in Environmental Biology (Hons) from the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine; then went on to obtain a Doctorate from the University of Oxford looking at the impacts of climate change upon biodiversity within Small Island States. She is an avid photographer and consumer of chocolate.