Christina McCain

Director, Latin America, Global Climate

Areas of expertise: Climate change, REDD+, Mexico


Christina McCain, Ph.D., heads EDF's Global Climate Program in Latin America. She is a formally trained tropical forest ecologist and works as a policy expert on tropical forests and climate change, with an emphasis on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+).

As director of EDF's global climate program in Latin America, Christina works directly with government officials and partners at leading civil society organizations in Latin America to develop strategies for the effective implementation of REDD+ and other climate mitigation strategies at both national and state levels.

Christina's areas of expertise include tropical forest ecology, climate change and tropical forest policy, Latin America, and international trade and environmental policy.


Before joining EDF, Christina served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science. She conducted her doctoral studies in Amazonian Brazil and earned her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami in 2005.

She holds a B.S. in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from the University of Texas at Austin.


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