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Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation

Center for Biodiversity & Conservation

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) transforms knowledge – from diverse sources and perspectives, spanning areas of scientific research as well as traditional and local knowledge – into conservation action. We collaborate with partners around the world to increase local and global capacity to address the loss of biological and cultural diversity. Convening professionals, institutions, and communities, we foster connections among practitioners to catalyze conservation on the ground. The programs we develop span the full cycle of conservation action – from identifying needs to project implementation to adapting and broadcasting lessons learned – and serve as models for other organizations.

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
American Museum of Natural History
Central Park West at 79th Street
New York, New York 10024 USA

Phone: 212 769 5742
Fax: 212 769 5292
biodiversity@amnh.org

What's New at the CBC

Lonesome George at the Museum

Lonesome George, the world-famous Galapagos Pinta Island tortoise, died in June 2012. Being the last member of his species, he became an icon of human resource use and endangered species conservation. The AMNH was chosen by the Galápagos and the government of Ecuador to prepare the specimen because we are world renowned for our taxidermy and ability to create realistic depictions of animals and their habitats.

Watch the video of an in-depth conversation about the significance of Lonesome George’s story for biodiversity conservation with scientists and conservation experts. Moderated by Dr. Eleanor Sterling, chief conservation scientist of the Museum's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, the panel featured Johannah Barry and Linda Cayot of the Galapagos Conservancy, James Gibbs of the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, and Arturo Izurieta, director of the Galapagos National Park.

Watch a video of Museum scientists and a master taxidermist describing the painstaking process of preserving Lonesome George.

Come see Lonesome George in the Astor Turret on the Museum's fourth floor before he returns to Ecuador as part of the nation’s patrimony.

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CBC in the Field

Dr. Mary Blair, the CBC's Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning, blogged from the field during her spring expedition to Vietnam. Read her blog entries here!

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Our Global Kitchen on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show!

On Wednesday, February 27, 2013, Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and Co-Curator of OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN: FOOD, NATURE, CULTURE Dr. Eleanor Sterling talked to WNYC's Brian Lehrer about the exhibition and how ecological systems interact with food.  Listen to the interview at the WNYC website!

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ABC Eyewitness News: OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN: FOOD, NATURE, CULTURE

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On Tuesday, January 29, WABC-New York featured OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN: FOOD, NATURE, CULTURE on its nightly newscast.  The segment featured interviews with Museum visitors, kitchen staff, and Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Director and exhibition co-curator Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling.  Also included were several of the exhibition's highlights, including dioramas of meals from other cultures and eras, exploring the science of taste in the interactive kitchen, the cycle of food production, and the future of food.  You can watch the segment on WABC's website.

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How to Feed A Growing Planet

On January 10, 2013, NBC News Chief Health and Science Correspondent Robert Bazell moderated an exciting round-table discussion at the American Museum of Natural History, "How to Feed a Growing Planet."  The program was presented in conjunction with the Museum's latest special exhibition, OUR GLOBAL KITCHEN: FOOD, NATURE, CULTURE, co-curated by Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Director Eleanor J. Sterling, Ph.D.  To prepare for the discussion, award-winning chef Marcus Samuelsson (owner of Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem, author, UNICEF ambassador) toured the exhibition and talked about what food and cooking mean to him on global and local levels.  Watch Chef Samuelsson explore the exhibition:


Chef Samuelsson was joined by activist and best-selling author Raj Patel (Stuffed and Starved, Food Rebellions, and The Value of Nothing) and geneticist Molly Jahn (former USDA Deputy Under Secretary and University of Wisconsin-Madison professor) to dispel myths about population growth and food security, highlight the breakthroughs and perils of cutting-edge technologies, and share promising local and global solutions.  Watch the panel:


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