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Center for Biodiversity and Conservation We are the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History. We work to transform knowledge from diverse sources and perspectives into conservation action.

The CBC also proudly organizes the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) at the American Museum of Natural History. SCCS-NY gives graduate students & early-career professionals the chance to present their work to leaders in conservation science, policy, and management. Learn more: www.amnh.org/sccsny

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What's next after presenting your research at #SCCSNY2021? This year's Student Conference on Conservation Science - NY (...
09/02/2021

What's next after presenting your research at #SCCSNY2021? This year's Student Conference on Conservation Science - NY (Oct. 5-8) will feature a panel of SCCS-NY alums who will share their inspiring journeys in conservation:

Dr. Sam Cheng, panel moderator & 2013 SCCS-NY alum, is a biodiversity scientist at the CBC. Her research includes: drivers of marine biodiversity, understanding connections between nature and human well-being in coastal communities, and building tools for evidence-based conservation decisions.

Dr. Leo Douglas, 2010 SCCS-NY alum, is a conservation biologist and clinical assistant professor at NYU. Previous positions include Birds Caribbean president, Birdlife Jamaica executive director, & manager of USAID Jamaica's Ridge to Reef Sustainable Watersheds Project.

Kaitlyn Parkins, 2013 SCCS-NY alum, is an urban ecologist and the associate director of conservation and science for
NYC Audubon. Her current research interests include animal migration and movement and innovative approaches to improving habitat in urban spaces.

Dr. Andrea Reid, 2012 SCCS-NY alum, is an assistant professor of Indigenous fisheries science at the UBC Institute for
Oceans and Fisheries, a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation, a National Geographic Explorer. Dr. Reid is the PI of UBC's Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, which she helped launch earlier this year.

Conference registration is still open! http://ow.ly/vaKx50G3jCO

What's next after presenting your research at #SCCSNY2021? This year's Student Conference on Conservation Science - NY (Oct. 5-8) will feature a panel of SCCS-NY alums who will share their inspiring journeys in conservation:

Dr. Sam Cheng, panel moderator & 2013 SCCS-NY alum, is a biodiversity scientist at the CBC. Her research includes: drivers of marine biodiversity, understanding connections between nature and human well-being in coastal communities, and building tools for evidence-based conservation decisions.

Dr. Leo Douglas, 2010 SCCS-NY alum, is a conservation biologist and clinical assistant professor at NYU. Previous positions include Birds Caribbean president, Birdlife Jamaica executive director, & manager of USAID Jamaica's Ridge to Reef Sustainable Watersheds Project.

Kaitlyn Parkins, 2013 SCCS-NY alum, is an urban ecologist and the associate director of conservation and science for
NYC Audubon. Her current research interests include animal migration and movement and innovative approaches to improving habitat in urban spaces.

Dr. Andrea Reid, 2012 SCCS-NY alum, is an assistant professor of Indigenous fisheries science at the UBC Institute for
Oceans and Fisheries, a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation, a National Geographic Explorer. Dr. Reid is the PI of UBC's Centre for Indigenous Fisheries, which she helped launch earlier this year.

Conference registration is still open! http://ow.ly/vaKx50G3jCO

Have you perused the amazing lineup of virtual & on-site workshops at this year's Student Conference on Conservation Sci...
08/10/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Workshops | AMNH

Have you perused the amazing lineup of virtual & on-site workshops at this year's Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York? Workshop sign-up goes LIVE this week!
Workshop descriptions & schedule: http://ow.ly/uYB050FO8FA

And if you are still considering attending the virtual SCCS-NY, it's not too late to register: http://ow.ly/SCSa50ByjZN

#SCCSNY2021

The Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York offers workshops on a range of topics for participants to learn new methods and advance their careers.

07/28/2021

For World Nature Conservation Day, get to know the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation(CBC). The CBC works on the local, regional, and international levels to apply conservation knowledge to real-world problems and solutions—from studying why reindeer are cornerstones of life and lifeways in the Arctic to assessing perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) concentrations in green and hawksbill turtles from the North Pacific. Check out the comments section below for more examples of the recent research done by the CBC.
Photo: D. Finnin/ © AMNH

SCCS-NY 2021 talk, speed talk, & poster presenters: don't forget -- the deadline to confirm your presentation in the con...
07/12/2021
SCCS-NY 2021: Student Conference on Conservation Science | AMNH

SCCS-NY 2021 talk, speed talk, & poster presenters: don't forget -- the deadline to confirm your presentation in the conference program is this THURSDAY, 7/15!

Not presenting this year but still interested in attending the hybrid conference? Join us! Learn more about how to register: amnh.org/sccsny

The 12th annual SCCS-NY will be held October 5-8, 2021.

Pursuing evidence-informed decisions in the environmental sector has many hurdles, including finite time and resources a...
07/07/2021

Pursuing evidence-informed decisions in the environmental sector has many hurdles, including finite time and resources and short decision windows. Rapid Evidence approaches may be able to help! Join us July 8 @ 5pm EDT for the first set of presentations of the Rapid Evidence Assessment Methods and Applications Virtual Events.

Registration: ow.ly/sYSt50FrbyV

Pursuing evidence-informed decisions in the environmental sector has many hurdles, including finite time and resources and short decision windows. Rapid Evidence approaches may be able to help! Join us July 8 @ 5pm EDT for the first set of presentations of the Rapid Evidence Assessment Methods and Applications Virtual Events.

Registration: ow.ly/sYSt50FrbyV

Yesterday we kicked off Week 1 of NCEP's virtual Conservation Teaching and Learning Studio! Are you a conservation educa...
06/10/2021

Yesterday we kicked off Week 1 of NCEP's virtual Conservation Teaching and Learning Studio! Are you a conservation educator? Learn more about NCEP Studios & join us next year: http://ow.ly/Vbbu50Anm8D

Yesterday we kicked off Week 1 of our virtual NCEP Conservation Teaching and Learning Studio! Thank you to all participants and we can't wait for Week 2. #NCEPStudio2021

Are you a conservation educator? Learn more about NCEP Studios & join us next year! http://ow.ly/Vbbu50Anm8D

All application notifications have been sent out for SCCS-NY 2021. It was an incredibly competitive year and we thank ev...
06/03/2021
SCCS-NY 2021: Student Conference on Conservation Science | AMNH

All application notifications have been sent out for SCCS-NY 2021. It was an incredibly competitive year and we thank everyone who submitted an abstract. It’s going to be a great program!

If you were not accepted to present this year, you can still participate in the conference and network with peers and professionals in the field. Learn more about SCCS-NY: amnh.org/sccsny

The 12th annual SCCS-NY will be held October 5-8, 2021.

Today is #BiodiversityDay! We are all part of the solution #ForNature - it's not too late to slow, halt, & even reverse ...
05/22/2021

Today is #BiodiversityDay! We are all part of the solution #ForNature - it's not too late to slow, halt, & even reverse many trends in the decline of biodiversity.

Here are some simple tips & resources to live a more sustainable lifestyle: http://ow.ly/qxdI50ESZ8s

Today is #BiodiversityDay! We are all part of the solution #ForNature - it's not too late to slow, halt, & even reverse many trends in the decline of biodiversity.

Here are some simple tips & resources to live a more sustainable lifestyle: http://ow.ly/qxdI50ESZ8s

Still considering hosting a workshop at SCCS-NY 2021? Great news - we are extending the workshop application deadline to...
05/03/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Workshops | AMNH

Still considering hosting a workshop at SCCS-NY 2021? Great news - we are extending the workshop application deadline to June 4! Learn more about SCCS-NY workshops this year:

The Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York offers workshops on a range of topics for participants to learn new methods and advance their careers.

🚨Conservation educators 🚨 Applications to attend the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) Conserva...
04/29/2021
Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios | AMNH

🚨Conservation educators 🚨 Applications to attend the Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) Conservation Teaching and Learning Studio are due TOMORROW (Friday) at 5pm ET!

Join the NCEP team virtually in June 2021 to learn about effective teaching tools & approaches from facilitators and peers, discuss challenges of active learning and evidence-based teaching, and create plans to apply these techniques to your own teaching.

Learn more & apply:

As a part of our Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) program, the CBC organizes Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios to promote opportunities for professional deve...

What is the future of food under climate change? CBC Jaffe chief conservation scientist Dr. Eleanor Sterling will join f...
04/28/2021
The Future of Food under Climate Change — The National Institute of Social Sciences

What is the future of food under climate change? CBC Jaffe chief conservation scientist Dr. Eleanor Sterling will join fellow panelists Kyra Busch, William Rosenzweig, and Don Taylor at the National Institute of Social Sciences's virtual discussion forum Thursday 4/29 at 5:30pm ET, where they'll bring diverse perspectives on how to address the challenges posed by climate change and shrinking arable land:

Please join us for a fascinating and informative virtual discussion forum featuring four outstanding panelists who bring diverse perspectives to how humanity can address the challenges climate change and shrinking arable land bring to feeding of the growing human population.

04/27/2021

Would you like to lead a workshop at this year's Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York? There's still time to submit your application -- proposals are due Monday, May 3! #SCCSNY2021 http://ow.ly/GSYz50Ez5By

It's International Flamingo Day! Join CBC Associate Director and flamingo expert Dr. Felicity Arengo live on the Flaming...
04/26/2021

It's International Flamingo Day! Join CBC Associate Director and flamingo expert Dr. Felicity Arengo live on the Flamingo Specialist Group page ⬇️ TODAY at 12:30pm ET:

Don't forget to get your flamingo conservation questions ready! (and any other questions you have about flamingos of course...). We'll be live again at 5.30pm UK time, chatting to flamingo conservation expert Dr Felicity Arengo about her work with these amazing birds.

#internationalflamingoday

Conservation educators! There's only 1 week remaining before the deadline to apply to attend NCEP's 2021 virtual Conserv...
04/23/2021
Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios | AMNH

Conservation educators! There's only 1 week remaining before the deadline to apply to attend NCEP's 2021 virtual Conservation Teaching and Learning Studio. We hope you'll join us in June!
https://www.amnh.org/research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/convening-and-connecting/conservation-teaching-and-learning-studios

As a part of our Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) program, the CBC organizes Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios to promote opportunities for professional deve...

EXTENDED: due to popular demand, the application deadline for SCCS-NY 2021 is now April 30! We are thrilled to see the n...
04/15/2021
SCCS-NY 2021: Student Conference on Conservation Science | AMNH

EXTENDED: due to popular demand, the application deadline for SCCS-NY 2021 is now April 30! We are thrilled to see the number of excellent applications coming in and have already received abstracts from students and early-career professionals representing over 20 countries. Send in your submission today and join us in October! amnh.org/sccsny

The 12th annual SCCS-NY will be held October 5-8, 2021.

04/08/2021

Today at 2pm ET!

Don't forget.. the Call for Abstracts to present a talk, speed talk, or poster at the hybrid Student Conference on Conse...
04/05/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Application & Registration | AMNH

Don't forget.. the Call for Abstracts to present a talk, speed talk, or poster at the hybrid Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY) closes April 16!

Apply to attend the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York! For college students or early-career professionals pursuing conservation science.

Exciting news! A team of scholars led by the CBC has launched a crowdsourced document with resources encompassing divers...
04/01/2021
Resources DEIJ in Nature, Ecology, and Conservation

Exciting news! A team of scholars led by the CBC has launched a crowdsourced document with resources encompassing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in the context of the environmental movement, including nature, ecology, and conservation (NEC). This tool aims to amplify contributions by minoritized individuals while providing resources on the links between DEIJ and NEC, including readings, recorded lectures, research groups, etc. Check it out:

Aims and TOC Aims of this Document This document is intended to serve as an open and collaborative resource encompassing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (JEDI) in the context of environmental issues (including nature, ecology, conservation, environmental research and practice, etc.). Th...

Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios | AMNH
03/24/2021
Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios | AMNH

Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios | AMNH

As a part of our Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) program, the CBC organizes Conservation Teaching and Learning Studios to promote opportunities for professional deve...

Interested in leading a virtual workshop at the Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY)? Applica...
03/22/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Workshops | AMNH

Interested in leading a virtual workshop at the Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY)? Applications for workshops are open now through May 3rd!

We welcome a broad range of proposals for workshop topics relating to conservation science, management, or policy—from tools to advance research, to innovative approaches for management and interdisciplinary collaboration—as long as it is related to biodiversity conservation. Learn more & apply:

The Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York offers workshops on a range of topics for participants to learn new methods and advance their careers.

It's March Mammal Madness! Join Dr. Mary Blair, Director of Biodiversity Informatics at the CBC, for a live tour of the ...
03/19/2021

It's March Mammal Madness! Join Dr. Mary Blair, Director of Biodiversity Informatics at the CBC, for a live tour of the American Museum of Natural History's mammal exhibits today at 11am ET:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WUOS8-A9CpU

March Mammal Madness, an annual science outreach event on Twitter, continues tonight! Up for battle is the Museum's champion pick: the red kangaroo (Macropus rufus). Did you know? The red kangaroo is the largest extant marsupial. This resident of Australia can weigh as much as 187 pounds (85 kilograms) and reach heights of 5 feet (1.5 meter). It has a muscular tail that can grow up to 3.3 feet (1 meter) long, which the animal uses as a “fifth limb” to push itself forward while walking.
Photo: David Cook Wildlife Photography, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr

We're thrilled to announce the first #SCCSNY2021 plenary speaker! Dr. Kristina Douglass is an archaeologist who investig...
03/16/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Plenary Speakers | AMNH

We're thrilled to announce the first #SCCSNY2021 plenary speaker! Dr. Kristina Douglass is an archaeologist who investigates how people, land- & seascapes co-evolve. Learn more about her collaborative approach to research:

Learn about the plenary speakers for the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York.

03/03/2021

Today is World Wildlife Day, and this year’s focus is on all things forests. For the occasion, we’re highlighting the Dzanga-Sangha Rainforest exhibit in the Museum’s Hall of Biodiversity. Rainforests like this one in the Central African Republic are biodiversity bonanzas: home to so many animals and plants that scientists haven’t discovered most of them yet. As humans burn more and more fossil fuels—a major driver of climate change—rainforests offer a counterbalance. How? Trees do the planet a service by pulling some of the excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere for photosynthesis. Rainforests have been working overtime, but they can’t keep up. Deforestation also threatens to reduce this effect.
Photo: R. Mickens/ © AMNH

Calling all conservation students and early-career professionals: present and get feedback on your research from leading...
03/01/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Application & Registration | AMNH

Calling all conservation students and early-career professionals: present and get feedback on your research from leading conservation professionals at the *hybrid* 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York, October 5-8, 2021! The Call for Applications is open March 1 through April 16. #SCCSNY2021
Application info: www.amnh.org/research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/convening-and-connecting/sccs-ny/registration-application

Apply to attend the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York! For college students or early-career professionals pursuing conservation science.

Are you considering presenting your research at the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York? It's alm...
02/16/2021

Are you considering presenting your research at the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York? It's almost time to apply - the call for abstracts for talks, speed talks, and posters will open March 1st!

Learn more: amnh.org/sccsny
#SCCSNY2021

Are you considering presenting your research at the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York? It's almost time to apply - the call for abstracts for talks, speed talks, and posters will open March 1st!

Learn more: amnh.org/sccsny
#SCCSNY2021

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Check out some of the fantastic biodiversity conservation ...
02/12/2021

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Check out some of the fantastic biodiversity conservation research by the CBC's women scientists: http://ow.ly/w3t050DxVR8

Today is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science! Check out some of the fantastic biodiversity conservation research by the CBC's women scientists: http://ow.ly/w3t050DxVR8

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Move over sharks! Our dolphins are taking the limelight at the moment. There has been some amazing common dolphin activity along our coast, and we’re anticipating the arrival of more humpback and Southern right whales, for the opening of our field research program in June. https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10157913058237665
We can’t wait to open back up the field research internship this year, with some exciting new additions, like our smooth hammerhead shark tagging project. This is the first research project focusing on smooth hammerhead movement ecology, using long-term internal tags! https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=10157843892622665
We tagged two white sharks and two hammerheads! We can’t wait to track the movements of these elusive animals. This is the first project to use long-term internal tags on smooth hammerheads to study their movement ecology. https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10157783928622665
What an unusual catch. When an angler sent us this shark photo to ID, we were definitely intrigued. What do you think? Is it a rare pyjama catshark with colour morph, or a more common brown shyshark? https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10157692049742665
"Are we starving great whites to death?" Check out the article in the Daily Maverick, discussing the current plight of sharks in South Africa, that quotes our director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari. https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10157631097737665
Do you know Shredder, the white shark? Shredder is a male white shark, around 3m, that was first seen in Mossel Bay, South Africa, in 2016. Researchers observed that he had sustained injuries to his dorsal fin, that were likely caused by coming into contact with a boat propeller. Sadly, our white shark populations are currently under threat, and need our support. Find out more in the blog… https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10157579398742665
Are you a elasmobranch person, a cetacean person or cephalopod person? We've seen plenty of them all this past year. Here's a little taster of some of the marine life our field research interns and our team have observed. https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10157500942067665
Our Oceans Research Foundation, Sea the Change students, took the opportunity to explain the ocean habitat and it's importance for World Habitat Day. We want to remind the world that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape the future of our environment. https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157466845697665&id=80871762664
Who’s watching Shark Week? Did you see our Oceans Research director of research, Dr Enrico Gennari, and other shark experts in the first episode of the week ‘Air Jaws: Ultimate Breach Off’? What did you think? If you missed it, here’s an idea of the kind of action we witness from our Mossel Bay sharks, while out conducting our research… https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=311003260101800
Can you help us to save our sharks? South Africa’s coastal shark populations – including the iconic hammerheads and great whites – are collapsing. Demersal Longline Fisheries are catching our sharks, and exporting the meat to Australia, where it is sold in Fish ‘n’ Chips under the name of Flake. The team driving the campaign to address the situation, finally got the government to take notice, and eagerly await a review panel’s decision regarding shark fisheries in South Africa. We’ve listed the highlights of the issues in this post (link below), and need your help in taking action to help save our sharks. https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10157235498577665&id=80871762664
We can't wait to be up and running again with our field research program soon. In the meantime, check out some of the projects we've been busy with over the last year. https://www.facebook.com/80871762664/posts/10157154317227665/
I know most of you are stuck at home, and for biologists, getting out in the field looks a long way off. Well, now you can immerse yourself in the Oceans Research field research program, with our 360˚ video. Enjoy virtually experiencing our white shark research, tag and release, Baited Remote Underwater Video and Cetacean projects, without leaving the house. I hope that one day soon, you’ll be able to come and experience it in person. Stay safe everyone! https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/videos/578066246315271/