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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THANK YOU to everyone who attended #SCCSNY2021 virtually & made the conference a success! Despite having to switch gears...
10/08/2021
SCCS-NY 2021: Student Conference on Conservation Science | AMNH

THANK YOU to everyone who attended #SCCSNY2021 virtually & made the conference a success! Despite having to switch gears to a fully virtual format, we hope that you enjoyed the past few days as much as we did. We look forward to seeing you again next year (hopefully in person)!
amnh.org/sccsny

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

Welcome to #SCCSNY2021 Day 3! We'll start the morning with our final talks & speed talks, followed by an exciting lineup...
10/07/2021
SCCS-NY 2021: Student Conference on Conservation Science | AMNH

Welcome to #SCCSNY2021 Day 3! We'll start the morning with our final talks & speed talks, followed by an exciting lineup of afternoon workshops. We'll close the day with awards for the best presentations and posters.
amnh.org/sccsny

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

It's Day 2 of #SCCSNY2021! We are excited to begin the day with a panel of SCCS-NY alums sharing their inspiring journey...
10/06/2021

It's Day 2 of #SCCSNY2021! We are excited to begin the day with a panel of SCCS-NY alums sharing their inspiring journeys in the conservation field, followed by talk and speed talk sessions on habitat management, recovery and restoration, and species conservation. amnh.org/sccsny

It's Day 2 of #SCCSNY2021! We are excited to begin the day with a panel of SCCS-NY alums sharing their inspiring journeys in the conservation field, followed by talk and speed talk sessions on habitat management, recovery and restoration, and species conservation. amnh.org/sccsny

Welcome to the virtual conference, #SCCSNY2021 participants! Day 1 begins with a plenary by Dr. Kristina Douglass on "Ou...
10/05/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Plenary Speakers | AMNH

Welcome to the virtual conference, #SCCSNY2021 participants! Day 1 begins with a plenary by Dr. Kristina Douglass on "Our relationship to the environment, past and future: lessons from engaged archaeological research" followed by talks, speeds, posters & mentoring sessions!

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

#SCCSNY2021 attendees: the conference platform is now OPEN! You can start exploring the program, view talks and posters,...
10/01/2021

#SCCSNY2021 attendees: the conference platform is now OPEN! You can start exploring the program, view talks and posters, submit questions to presenters, and "meet" your mentors! Access the conference platform by logging into the participants site: https://resources.cbc.amnh.org/sccsny/

Do you teach tropical ecology? Interested in how to spark excitement in undergraduate biology courses? The OCELOTS (Onli...
09/28/2021

Do you teach tropical ecology? Interested in how to spark excitement in undergraduate biology courses? The OCELOTS (Online Content for Experiential Learning of Tropical Systems) Network brings together tropical ecology researchers, active learning pedagogy specialists, software developers, and media specialists, with the vision of creating an open-access, online resource library of learning modules in tropical ecology.

Join the OCELOTS kick-off meeting NEXT WEEK (Monday, Oct. 4) to learn how to become involved with and participate in the network!

Registration: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vduGupjkrGdWkXIQN0Y5Y5dWpEQlS-z34

Do you teach tropical ecology? Interested in how to spark excitement in undergraduate biology courses? The OCELOTS (Online Content for Experiential Learning of Tropical Systems) Network brings together tropical ecology researchers, active learning pedagogy specialists, software developers, and media specialists, with the vision of creating an open-access, online resource library of learning modules in tropical ecology.

Join the OCELOTS kick-off meeting NEXT WEEK (Monday, Oct. 4) to learn how to become involved with and participate in the network!

Registration: https://iastate.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vduGupjkrGdWkXIQN0Y5Y5dWpEQlS-z34

Join us virtually October 5-8 for the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York! Create lasting connectio...
09/27/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Application & Registration | AMNH

Join us virtually October 5-8 for the 2021 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York! Create lasting connections with peers and mentors from around the world, hear inspiring talks on new research, hone your technical skills through workshops, and more. #SCCSNY2021

Register online: https://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, grad students & early-career professionals pursuing conservation.

Are you considering attending the Student Conference on Conservation Science (#SCCS2022) in Cambridge, UK, next March (M...
09/20/2021
Student Conference on Conservation Science - Welcome

Are you considering attending the Student Conference on Conservation Science (#SCCS2022) in Cambridge, UK, next March (March 29-31, 2022)? Our SCCS-Cambridge partners have asked us to share some important updates!

1. Application deadlines have been extended! Conference places, presentations and bursary applications are now due by September 22.

2. Unfortunately, SCCS-Cambridge is unable to welcome in person anyone from a Red-listed country, or from an Amber country who has not been fully vaccinated through a UK, EU or USA-approved program. If this affects you, please consider attending as a virtual delegate.

3. The SCCS-Cambridge internship and bursary eligibility has been broadened to anyone who is not from a high-income country, regardless of where they are currently based.

Find more information on the SCCS-Cambridge website:
https://www.sccs-cam.org/

SCCS helps young conservation scientists gain experience, learn new ideas and make contacts that will be valuable for their future careers.

#SCCSNY2021 program update: per SCCS-NY's contingency planning guidelines, the conference will shift to running entirely...
09/15/2021
SCCS-NY 2021 Application & Registration | AMNH

#SCCSNY2021 program update: per SCCS-NY's contingency planning guidelines, the conference will shift to running entirely virtually this year. If you weren't able to attend Friday's networking event or career-oriented workshops, now's your chance!

Conference registration is still open:
https://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, grad students & early-career professionals pursuing conservation.

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.

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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
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
A team of scholars led by the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation has launched a crowdsourced document compiling resources on diversity, equity, inclusion and justice in the context of environmental issues, including nature, ecology and conservation. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1K-N6o07mUl5xSLVwHGhe54m550bUBVHUefW6OjOVxcM/edit#gid=0
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
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
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
#ICYMI, last month we launched four policy briefs on different aspects of #biocultural diversity conservation. These publications are outputs from a joint CICADA-ICCA Consortium regional meeting as well as the first North American Dialogue on Biocultural Diversity, held in Montreal in May 2019. Find them here ➡️ https://cicada.world/resources/documents/ #IndigenousPeoples #IndigenousRights ICCA Consortium Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Convention on Biological Diversity Canadian Commission for UNESCO / Commission canadienne pour l'UNESCO Assembly of First Nations/Assemblee des premieres Nations Parks Canada