Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

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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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...

Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP)
03/24/2021
Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP)

Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP)

Professional development opportunity for conservation educators: join us “virtually” in June for NCEP’s 8th annual Conservation Teaching & Learning Studio!

Through interactive online meetings and assignments over the course of 4 weeks, educators will learn about effective tools and approaches from facilitators and peers, discuss challenges, and create plans to apply these techniques to their own teaching. The 2021 Studio will cover the basics of active learning and evidence-based teaching, with a focus on online teaching, but we will adjust the Studio theme based on the priorities of the selected applicants.

Applications are due Friday, April 30th. Learn more & apply:

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.

American Museum of Natural History
03/03/2021

American Museum of Natural History

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

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

Interested in learning more about Black explorer & scientist Matthew Henson? Check out his feature on Untold Stories: ht...
02/01/2021

Interested in learning more about Black explorer & scientist Matthew Henson? Check out his feature on Untold Stories: https://untoldstories.net/1886/08/matthew-henson-explorer-scientist/
#BlackHistoryMonth2021

Black History Month 2021 - We're celebrating Black history outside, like we do each and every day. Each week during the month of February, Outdoor Afro will highlight Black historical figures in the outdoors, historic places for recreation, and recent achievements by Black individuals related to the outdoors.

Matthew Henson was born in Maryland in 1866, the son of free sharecroppers. He was orphaned at the age of 7 or 8. Henson found work as a cabin boy and seaman and did so for several years before being hired as a valet on one of Peary’s survey expeditions. This began a decades-long working relationship with Peary. Henson’s skills were unmatched, and he made a total of seven voyages to the Arctic with Peary.

On April 6, 1909, Henson became the first person to set foot on the North Pole. Four Inuit (Indigenous people of northern Canada), whose names were Egingwah, Ootah, Ooqueah, and Seegloo, assisted Peary and Henson.

NCEP's open-access journal, Lessons in Conservation, just published its latest issue! The "Systems Thinking" issue inclu...
01/25/2021
Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP)

NCEP's open-access journal, Lessons in Conservation, just published its latest issue! The "Systems Thinking" issue includes a suite of materials for educators to help foster systems thinking in students & engage w/ complexity:

We are kicking off 2021 with a new edition of Lessons in Conservation, NCEP’s open-access online journal!

Volume 11 features a suite of materials designed to foster systems thinking in students. Through exercises, students learn to engage with the complexity of biodiversity conservation problems as they are asked to apply different systems thinking tools. Explore & download the issue: bit.ly/LINCvolume11

How do forest property rights interventions affect poverty? Check out this new article co-authored by CBC scientist Dr. ...
01/11/2021
A global review of the impact of forest property rights interventions on poverty

How do forest property rights interventions affect poverty? Check out this new article co-authored by CBC scientist Dr. Sam Cheng for a global review of the evidence:

Secure property rights are widely understood as critical for socio-economic development and sustainable land management in forested areas. Policies an…

American Museum of Natural History
12/04/2020

American Museum of Natural History

Today is Wildlife Conservation Day, which raises awareness about the harmful effects of poaching and trafficking of wildlife. The slow loris is a nocturnal primate threatened with extinction in part because of a lucrative and illegal wildlife trade that feeds an international demand for lorises as pets. Conservation biologist Mary Blair of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation has surveyed slow lorises in Vietnam and collaborated with Vietnamese researchers to understand why these animals are trafficked. She’s also using the Museum’s historic collections to help with conservation efforts.
Photo: Mark Dumont, CC BY-NC 2.0, flickr

On this Thanksgiving, we'd like to share resources on food systems that feature Indigenous voices. This sandbox webinar ...
11/26/2020

On this Thanksgiving, we'd like to share resources on food systems that feature Indigenous voices. This sandbox webinar series helps sustainable food systems educators gain and share knowledge and skills on justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion: https://waferx.montana.edu/sandbox_webinar_series.html

11/12/2020
American Museum of Natural History

TODAY at 2pm ET, join CBC scientist Dr. Sam Cheng to learn all about squid biodiversity and conservation at the latest edition of the AMNH "The Scientist Is In" series! 🦑

Learn all about these charismatic (and delicious!) ocean critters with Sam Cheng, a marine biologist at the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. The inspiration for myths and legends like the Kraken and Chtuthlu, squids are also extremely important to the health of our oceans and the livelihood of fishers around the world.

Tomorrow, November 10th @ 3pm EST, join this month's Environmental Evidence Summit webinar on perspectives on mobilizing...
11/09/2020
Webinars 2020-21

Tomorrow, November 10th @ 3pm EST, join this month's Environmental Evidence Summit webinar on perspectives on mobilizing knowledge for decisions in the anthropocene, co-hosted by CBC scientist Dr. Sam Cheng and DFO scientist
Dr. Steven Alexander. There's still time to register! https://environmentalevidencesummit.com/webinars-2020-21/

CEE is pleased to announce an exciting monthly webinar series to showcase the content that was to be presented at EES2020 in Ottawa! The entire webinar series will be freely available and recording…

10/30/2020
American Museum of Natural History

This Sunday is Day of the Dead! Join CBC Director Ana Porzecanski and anthropologist & archaeologist Verónica Pérez Rodríguez for an online celebration to learn about this special Mexican holiday honoring those who have left the Earth - and extinct animal species.

Join Mexican archaeologist Veronica Perez and Director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Ana Porzecanski for this special online family-friendly Day of the Dead celebration. Find out about this Mexican holiday when we honor those who have left the Earth and the extinct animal species, such as the monk seal, golden toad, and the O'ahu Akiaola, that the Museum commemorates on this special occasion.

10/22/2020
SCCSNY

#SCCSNY2020 presenters: don't forget to check your asynchronous Q&A on the conference platform before the site closes - tomorrow at 5pm EDT! Mentor feedback can be found on the participants site: http://ow.ly/NUZm50C07zb

And that's a wrap for #SCCSNY2020! THANK YOU to everyone who attended virtually & made the conference a success! Even th...
10/09/2020

And that's a wrap for #SCCSNY2020! THANK YOU to everyone who attended virtually & made the conference a success! Even though we couldn't be together in person this year, we hope that you enjoyed the past few days as much as we did. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

It's the third and final day of #SCCSNY2020! We've got another special event this morning: a panel discussion on emergin...
10/09/2020
Diseases, Biodiversity & Human Well-Being: Panel Oct 9 | AMNH

It's the third and final day of #SCCSNY2020! We've got another special event this morning: a panel discussion on emerging diseases & biodiversity. Invite your classmates and colleagues - it's free & open to the public!

Explore the links between biodiversity and disease—and how conservation efforts may improve human well-being.

It's Day 2 of #SCCSNY2020! We are excited to begin the day with an inspiring plenary on leadership by Dan Canham, follow...
10/08/2020
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) 2020 | AMNH

It's Day 2 of #SCCSNY2020! We are excited to begin the day with an inspiring plenary on leadership by Dan Canham, followed by talks and speed talks w/ accompanying Q&A sessions on habitat management, recovery and restoration, and species conservation.

The 11th annual SCCS-NY will be a virtual meeting, taking place online from October 7–9, 2020.

It's Day 1 of the Marshall M. Weinberg Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY)! We are kicking o...
10/07/2020

It's Day 1 of the Marshall M. Weinberg Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY)! We are kicking off the conference with a plenary by Dr. Kevin Olival on "Conservation in the time of COVID-19: linking biodiversity conservation and human health", followed by a full day of talks, mentoring, & poster presentations!

10/06/2020
American Museum of Natural History

Join us live this Friday at 10:30 AM EDT!

How did the COVID-19 pandemic arise? What are the ecological drivers of disease emergence, and how do human actions fit in? What role have bats played in emerging diseases, and how can studying bat evolution help us be better prepared? In this panel discussion moderated by CBC Director Ana Porzecanski, we’ll explore these questions and more!

Exciting news! SCCS-NY 2020 is partnering with AWorld and the UN's #ActNow #ClimateAction campaign, and we have a challe...
10/05/2020

Exciting news! SCCS-NY 2020 is partnering with AWorld and the UN's #ActNow #ClimateAction campaign, and we have a challenge for you: let’s save CO2 together! View the flyer for more details:

It's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year.. the Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York ...
09/29/2020
Virtual Student Conference on Conservation Science 2020 | AMNH

It's almost time for one of our favorite events of the year.. the Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (#SCCSNY2020), October 7-9! Registered participants will be able to access the virtual platform & start exploring the program beginning October 5th.

The 11th annual SCCS-NY will be a virtual meeting, taking place online from October 7–9, 2020.

Today at 2pm EDT, join CBC Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist Eleanor Sterling for a live Q&A on how the COVID-19 pandem...
09/24/2020
Biodiversity Conservation and COVID: Livestream Sept 24 | AMNH

Today at 2pm EDT, join CBC Jaffe Chief Conservation Scientist Eleanor Sterling for a live Q&A on how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected biodiversity conservation. This event is part of #ClimateWeekNYC!

Learn about the benefits of a reduction in human activity as well as challenges front-line conservation workers face.

#SCCSNY2020 participants: have you made your mentor café and workshop selections? Registration for these closes in less ...
09/22/2020
SCCS-NY 2020 Application & Registration | AMNH

#SCCSNY2020 participants: have you made your mentor café and workshop selections? Registration for these closes in less than a week - Sept. 28!
https://www.amnh.org/research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/convening-and-connecting/sccs-ny/workshops

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

Apply to attend the 2020 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York! For college students or early-career professionals pursuing the field of conservation science.

SCCS-NY 2020 talk, speed talk, & poster presenters – have you uploaded your presentation or poster to the participants s...
09/16/2020
Virtual Student Conference on Conservation Science 2020 | AMNH

SCCS-NY 2020 talk, speed talk, & poster presenters – have you uploaded your presentation or poster to the participants site yet? We need your files ASAP to ensure that the virtual conference runs as smoothly as possible!
resources.cbc.amnh.org/sccsny

#SCCSNY2020 is just a few weeks away.. learn more about this year's conference:
https://www.amnh.org/research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/convening-and-connecting/sccs-ny

The 11th annual SCCS-NY will be a virtual meeting, taking place online from October 7–9, 2020.

What are the ecological drivers of disease emergence & pandemics, and how do human actions fit in? Join us virtually on ...
09/14/2020
Emerging diseases, biodiversity, and human wellbeing | AMNH

What are the ecological drivers of disease emergence & pandemics, and how do human actions fit in? Join us virtually on October 9th for a panel discussion with experts Liliana Dávalos, Kevin Olival, and Eleanor Sterling on emerging diseases, biodiversity, & human wellbeing.
#sccsny2020

Virtual discussion between experts on the links between emerging diseases, biodiversity, and human wellbeing.

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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/
We reached out to the local angling community to form a collaboration with a shared goal: to keep the sharks and rays in South African waters, for generations to come. We discussed responsible angling, and best handling techniques. As well as how researchers and anglers can better work together, for the benefit of the animals. Check out the video: https://www.facebook.com/OceansResearch/posts/10156949322232665