Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation SCCS-NY gives graduate students & early-career professionals the chance to present their work to leaders in conservation science, policy, and management.

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 proudly organized the annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York at the American Museum of Natural History. Learn more: www.amnh.org/sccsny

Mission: SCCS is strengthening the careers of young conservation scientists around the world through events in Cambridge, Bangalore, and New York.

Calling all conservation students and early-career professionals: present and get feedback on your research from leading...
02/13/2020
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) 2020 | AMNH

Calling all conservation students and early-career professionals: present and get feedback on your research from leading conservation professionals at the 2020 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York! Applications open March 2. #sccsny2020
Learn more: amnh.org/sccsny

The 11th annual SCCS-NY will take place at the American Museum of Natural History on October 7–9, 2020.

Conservation educators: have you read the latest issue of Lessons in Conservation yet?
02/11/2020
Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP)

Conservation educators: have you read the latest issue of Lessons in Conservation yet?

NCEP’s open-access journal Lessons in Conservation has a new issue out! The “Conservation and Technology” issue features a suite of exercises for the college-level classroom on topics from eDNA & MPAs to spatial analysis with QGIS.

Explore the issue in its entirety: www.amnh.org/research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/capacity-development/ncep/lessons-in-conservation

Check out this fellowship opportunity from our friends (and SCCS-NY Resource and Career Fair exhibitors!) at the RAY Div...
01/29/2020

Check out this fellowship opportunity from our friends (and SCCS-NY Resource and Career Fair exhibitors!) at the RAY Diversity Fellowship program:

Did you hear? The 2020 RAY Fellowship application cycle is open today!!

Applications for the 2020 cycle are open and descriptions of Fellowship positions will be added on a rolling basis until March. We anticipate communications, philanthropy, and environmental education specific positions among others this year.

The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1 year with 1 year renewal), full time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of facilitating a variety of environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. Visit our website at https://rayfellowship.org/apply to start your application today!

Know any emerging environmentalists of color who should join RAY? Share about this opportunity and nominate them here! rayfellowship.org/ray-fellowship-nomination

National Audubon Society
01/28/2020
National Audubon Society

National Audubon Society

With their penchant for fishing vessels and far-flying abilities, albatrosses are prime candidates for the job of ocean sentinels. A new study shows that when properly equipped with trackers, the soaring seabirds can help authorities track down illegal fisheries.

Save the date! We are happy to announce that the 11th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York will ta...
01/08/2020
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) 2020 | AMNH

Save the date! We are happy to announce that the 11th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York will take place at the @AMNH October 7-9, 2020! #sccsny2020

The 11th annual SCCS-NY will take place at the American Museum of Natural History on October 7–9, 2020.

BioInteractive
12/13/2019
BioInteractive

BioInteractive

If you’re passionate about inclusive and equitable science teaching practices that incorporate BioInteractive classroom resources, apply to participate in our Ambassador Academy! Details and eligibility requirements here: http://bit.ly/AmbassadorComm

Join us this Thursday (December 5th) for a special evening event at the American Museum of Natural History!
12/02/2019
Coyotes in New York City: Panel Discussion | AMNH

Join us this Thursday (December 5th) for a special evening event at the American Museum of Natural History!

The Eastern coyote's population has surged in NYC. Learn about their evolving connection to urban environments—and people.

Canadian Commission for UNESCO / Commission canadienne pour l'UNESCO
11/29/2019
Canadian Commission for UNESCO / Commission canadienne pour l'UNESCO

Canadian Commission for UNESCO / Commission canadienne pour l'UNESCO

Over the past two weeks Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have been meeting in Montreal to make plans for the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. This blog post explains what is likely to be a key component of that framework: biocultural diversity, the diversity of life in all aspects.

Centre for Indigenous Conservation and Development Alternatives ICCA Consortium Center for Biodiversity and Conservation CSBQ-QCBS Parks Canada Assembly of First Nations/Assemblee des premieres Nations

The CBC’s biocultural team just hosted the inaugural session in its biannual webinar series of Indicators of Well-being ...
10/28/2019
CBC Indicators of Well-being Webinar Series | AMNH

The CBC’s biocultural team just hosted the inaugural session in its biannual webinar series of Indicators of Well-being in, with, by, and for Indigenous Peoples and local communities!

To view a recording of the session and to learn more about the Indicators of Well-being webinar series, visit: https://amnh.org/indicatorswebinar

The CBC is pleased to host a biannual webinar series on Indicators of Well-being in, with, by, and for Indigenous Peoples and local communities.

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) at the University of Calif...
10/22/2019

Applications for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program (conservationscholars.ucsc.edu) at the University of California Santa Cruz are open now through Feb 5, 2020! Learn more & apply: bit.ly/31DjSNk

And that's a wrap! THANK YOU to everyone who attended SCCS-NY 2019 and made the conference a success!! We hope that you ...
10/04/2019

And that's a wrap! THANK YOU to everyone who attended SCCS-NY 2019 and made the conference a success!! We hope that you enjoyed the past few days as much as we did and we look forward to seeing you again next year! #sccsny2019

It's the third and final day of SCCS-NY 2019! Are you attending a workshop or a behind-the-scenes tour of the American M...
10/04/2019

It's the third and final day of SCCS-NY 2019! Are you attending a workshop or a behind-the-scenes tour of the
American Museum of Natural History collections today? #sccsny2019

Good morning, SCCS-NY participants! We are starting the second day of the conference with a plenary talk by Martín Mende...
10/03/2019

Good morning, SCCS-NY participants! We are starting the second day of the conference with a plenary talk by Martín Mendez on collaboration and capacity building for conservation impact: lessons from Southern South America. #sccsny2019

Welcome to NYC, SCCS-NY attendees! The conference kicks off this morning at 9:00 am, beginning with a plenary talk by De...
10/02/2019

Welcome to NYC, SCCS-NY attendees! The conference kicks off this morning at 9:00 am, beginning with a plenary talk by Dekila Chungyalpa on building a resilient future: where science and spirituality converge. #sccsny2019

SCCS-NY 2019 kicks off tomorrow! Will you be tweeting at the conference? Use the official hashtag #sccsny2019!Have you s...
10/01/2019
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) | AMNH

SCCS-NY 2019 kicks off tomorrow! Will you be tweeting at the conference? Use the official hashtag #sccsny2019!

Have you signed up for the workshops and collection tours yet? Space is limited, so make sure to do so ASAP on the Participant site. We are excited welcome you to the Museum tomorrow morning!

The 10th annual SCCS-NY will take place at the American Museum of Natural History on Oct 2-4, 2019.

SCCS-NY 2019 participants: have you signed up for workshops and a behind the scenes collection tour yet? Spaces are fill...
09/26/2019
SCCS-NY 2019 Workshops | AMNH

SCCS-NY 2019 participants: have you signed up for workshops and a behind the scenes collection tour yet? Spaces are filling up fast! Visit the Participant site to make your selections.

Learn more about this year's lineup: http://bit.ly/2m85UUX

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.

09/24/2019
SCCSNY

SCCS-NY 2019 TALK and SPEED TALK presenters: don't forget to upload your presentation by TOMORROW, Sept. 25th, at midnight EDT on the Participant site so that we can troubleshoot any IT issues in advance!
https://resources.cbc.amnh.org/sccsny/

We look forward to seeing you next week at SCCS-NY!

It's almost time, SCCS-NY 2019 is just over one week away! We are excited to welcome you to the Museum and have a packed...
09/23/2019
Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) | AMNH

It's almost time, SCCS-NY 2019 is just over one week away! We are excited to welcome you to the Museum and have a packed conference program with three days of presentations, plenary addresses, workshops, mentor-hosted lunches, behind-the-scenes Museum collection tours, poster session, resource and career fair, a special evening panel, and more!!

There's still time—register today to attend this year's conference! #sccsny2019

The 10th annual SCCS-NY will take place at the American Museum of Natural History on Oct 2-4, 2019.

Join us at the American Museum of Natural History on October 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm for an engaging after-hours discussion...
09/13/2019

Join us at the American Museum of Natural History on October 3rd from 6:30-8:00pm for an engaging after-hours discussion with a diverse group of panelists on how voices from ecology, the arts, and faith-led approaches can inspire nature conservation.

This event is free and open to the public! Learn more: http://bit.ly/2lT3bht

09/11/2019
SCCS-NY 2018 Best Talk: Paulo Quadri

There is hope yet! Watch Paolo Quadri's SCCS-NY 2018 award-winning 'Best Talk' presentation to find out how Pinus Hartwegii, a species of high-elevation pine endemic to Central Mexico, is responding to climate change.

Paolo Quadri, University of California - Best Talk award winner in the category Natural History in the Age of Conservation for his presentation "Age and Habi...

Workshop and collection tour sign-up is NOW LIVE! All workshop sessions will run from 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm on Friday, Oc...
09/06/2019
SCCS-NY 2019 Workshops | AMNH

Workshop and collection tour sign-up is NOW LIVE! All workshop sessions will run from 9am-12pm and 2pm-5pm on Friday, Oct. 4th. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up early.

Read up on this year's exciting workshop offerings:
https://www.amnh.org/research/center-for-biodiversity-conservation/convening-and-connecting/student-conference-on-conservation-science-new-york-sccs-ny/sccs-ny-2019-workshops

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.

SCCS-NY attendees: online sign-up for workshops and collection tours goes LIVE this Friday at 12pm EDT on the conference...
09/04/2019

SCCS-NY attendees: online sign-up for workshops and collection tours goes LIVE this Friday at 12pm EDT on the conference participant site! Space is limited, especially in the behind-the-scenes collection tours, so be sure to sign up early!

Access the participant site: http://bit.ly/2k3acMk
Read up on this year's workshop lineup: http://bit.ly/2lzILtRs

What's behind closed doors at the Museum? Every year SCCS-NY organizes behind-the-scenes tours, providing a unique glimp...
08/26/2019

What's behind closed doors at the Museum? Every year SCCS-NY organizes behind-the-scenes tours, providing a unique glimpse of parts of the Museum's world-class collections that are not on display in the public halls.

For more information on this year's conference and how to register to attend, please visit www.amnh.org/sccsny #sccsny2019

Version 1.2.0 of DotDotGoose has been released! DotDotGoose is a free, #opensource tool for manually counting objects in...
08/22/2019

Version 1.2.0 of DotDotGoose has been released! DotDotGoose is a free, #opensource tool for manually counting objects in images with broad #conservation applications. Stay tuned! Machine assisted counting capabilities are in the works. Happy counting.
https://biodiversityinformatics.amnh.org/open_source/dotdotgoose/

The Endangered Species Act is the first line of defense against species extinction in the US. CBC Director, Dr. Ana Porz...
08/19/2019
The challenges of studying endangered species

The Endangered Species Act is the first line of defense against species extinction in the US. CBC Director, Dr. Ana Porzecanski, recently spoke to NBC News about the value and challenges of conservation and the implications of the recently announced changes to this key piece of legislation.

Conservation is an ever-evolving, laborious, and cost intensive process, and the Trump administration's plan to drastically weaken the Endangered Species Act has the potential to make this even more difficult.

SCCS-NY 2019 offers workshops for participants on a range of conservation topics, from species distribution modeling to ...
08/16/2019
SCCS-NY Workshops | AMNH

SCCS-NY 2019 offers workshops for participants on a range of conservation topics, from species distribution modeling to networking and career planning. Check out the preliminary list of workshops!

More about SCCS-NY: https://amnh.org/sccsny #SCCSNY2019

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.

Happy World Elephant Day! DYK that elephants play a key in supporting biodiversity in the ecosystems where they live? By...
08/13/2019

Happy World Elephant Day! DYK that elephants play a key in supporting biodiversity in the ecosystems where they live? By clearing vegetation, creating waterholes, spreading seeds and fertilizing the soil with their 💩 they help maintain forests and savannas for other wildlife.

Conservationists, do you need a tool to help you count objects in images? We've created DotDotGoose, a free opensource t...
08/09/2019
DotDotGoose

Conservationists, do you need a tool to help you count objects in images? We've created DotDotGoose, a free opensource tool that makes it easy to identify, count, and classify any objects - ranging from elephants to coral polyps and cells!

DotDotGoose is a free, open source tool to assist with manually counting objects in images. DotDotGoose was purpose-built since most conservation researchers and practitioners working on counting objects in images were using software such as Adobe Photoshop and ImageJ which are not ideally suited fo...

Are you pursuing a career in the field of conservation? SCCS-NY gives graduate students and early career professionals t...
08/08/2019
2019 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York | AMNH

Are you pursuing a career in the field of conservation? SCCS-NY gives graduate students and early career professionals the chance to connect with peers and leaders in conservation science, policy, and management. Join us for the 10th annual SCCS-NY at the American Museum of Natural History Oct. 2-4, 2019!

The 10th annual SCCS-NY will take place at the American Museum of Natural History on Oct 2-4, 2019.

07/30/2019
SCCS-NY 2018 Best Talk: Maia Cruz-Erjavec

Is the Phenology of Canada Darner dragonflies changing?! If so, why? Find out more in this interesting talk by Maia Cruz-Erjavec, SCCS-NY 2018 'Best Talk' award winner in the category of Natural History in the Age of Conservation.

Don't forget: TOMORROW is the last day of early-bird pricing for SCCS-NY 2019! Register by July 31 to save on your conference fee: www.amnh.org/sccsny

Maia Cruz-Erjavec, Augsburg University - Best Talk award winner in the category Natural History in the Age of Conservation "Phenology of Canada Darner (Aeshn...

Grrrrrreat news announced on International Tiger Day! India's wild tiger population has increased by 33% since 2014 to a...
07/29/2019
India tiger census shows rapid population growth

Grrrrrreat news announced on International Tiger Day! India's wild tiger population has increased by 33% since 2014 to almost 3,000 animals, according to a national survey.

PM Narendra Modi says India is "now one of the biggest and most secure habitats of the tiger".

07/24/2019
Love tequila, love pollinating bats!

Celebrate National Tequila Day with a toast to bats! These flying mammals and the agave plant, from which tequila is derived, have co-evolved over millions of years. Feeding on its nectar, bats are the primary pollinator of agave, allowing the plant to propagate and thrive.

Do you enjoy tequila? Then you need to raise your glass to the pollinating bats that helped to make it! Here at Smithsonian Science we are celebrating Pollin...

Time flies! Early-bird pricing for the 2019 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York ends in one week! Don't ...
07/24/2019

Time flies! Early-bird pricing for the 2019 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York ends in one week! Don't miss out - register by July 31 to save on your conference fee: http://www.amnh.org/sccsny

Researchers are developing algorithms that can be programmed to identify the sounds made by noise-making animals like bi...
07/23/2019
Machines are better listeners when it comes to biodiversity | THE WILDLIFE SOCIETY

Researchers are developing algorithms that can be programmed to identify the sounds made by noise-making animals like birds, bats or frogs, with the potential to greatly boost tracking of species and populations.

Machines are better listeners when it comes to biodiversity By Joshua Rapp Learn Posted on July 23, 2019 The sounds of birds, in particular, can be easily captured with the help of recording devices. ©Kevin Darras Machines are better than humans at detecting wildlife biodiversity by sound, accordin...

Time flies! Early-bird pricing for the 2019 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York ends in just two weeks! ...
07/17/2019

Time flies! Early-bird pricing for the 2019 Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York ends in just two weeks! Don't miss out - register as a presenter or attendee before July 31 to save on your conference fee: http://www.amnh.org/sccsny

Happy World Snake Day! Did you know there are 5 species of flying snake found in South and Southeast Asia? Propelling fr...
07/16/2019

Happy World Snake Day! Did you know there are 5 species of flying snake found in South and Southeast Asia? Propelling from a branch and flattening their bodies to catch the air and generate lift, these snakes are better gliders than their mammalian counterparts, the flying squirrels!

CBC scientist Puaʻala Pascua co-led the first-ever Hawaiian Language panel at the annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference...
07/11/2019

CBC scientist Puaʻala Pascua co-led the first-ever Hawaiian Language panel at the annual Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference—highlighting the essential role of native language and culture for environmental conservation in Hawaiʻi. The panel coincided with larger events celebrating the UN International Year of Indigenous Languages 2019. 🙌

07/10/2019
Dekila Chungyalpa - Faiths for Conservation | Bioneers

What's the link between faith and conservation action? SCCS-NY 2019 plenary speaker Dekila Chungyalpa explains.

Learn more about this year's conference and how to attend: www.amnh.org/sccsny

Dekila Chungyalpa, buddhist and Director of the World Wildlife Fund's Sacred Earth Program, discusses the powerful role of faith in the environmental conserv...

Today is the 2nd annual LGBT STEM Day! The CBC values diversity in science and actively works to enhance a more equitabl...
07/05/2019
Inclusive Conservation Community Initiative (ICON) | AMNH

Today is the 2nd annual LGBT STEM Day! The CBC values diversity in science and actively works to enhance a more equitable, inclusive, and culturally vibrant workforce through programs such as ICON. Learn more: https:// buff.ly/2Jp6028 (🏳️‍🌈: D. Quasar)

ICON seeks to advance the recruitment and success of historically underrepresented groups in the field of conservation.

Interested in leading a workshop at SCCS-NY 2019? There's still time—the deadline to submit a workshop proposal has been...
07/01/2019

Interested in leading a workshop at SCCS-NY 2019? There's still time—the deadline to submit a workshop proposal has been extended to July 15th! Learn more and apply here: https://forms.gle/5ss7qMLarcm4oHud7

06/26/2019
The ABCs of Cephalopods with Conservation Biologist Samantha Cheng

Happy Cephalopod Week! How many hearts does an octopus have? Why do some squid glow in the dark? CBC conservation biologist Samantha Cheng takes you through the ABCs of what you need to know about these amazing animals! 🦑

Happy Cephalopod Week! How many hearts does an octopus have? Why do some squid glow in the dark? And what does a zebra display have to do with the giant Aust...

Cephalopod Week kicks off this Friday! To celebrate, join us for an evening of tentacle talk and the debut of AMNH's new...
06/17/2019
Now Screening: Cephalopod Movie Night!

Cephalopod Week kicks off this Friday! To celebrate, join us for an evening of tentacle talk and the debut of AMNH's new video, “The ABCs of Cephalopods", featuring CBC scientist Samantha Cheng, who will be joining via livestream to answer all your 🦑 questions!

Cephalopod Movie Night returns! From June 21 to 28, celebrate our favorite undersea creatures with Science Friday at 10 cities across the nation.

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