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Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) now accepting applications!

The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is accepting applications for talks, speed talks, and poster presentations for our 4th Annual Student Conference on Conservation Science.  Visit the SCCS-NY page for more information about the conference and how to submit your abstract.

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Our Global Kitchen on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show!

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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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Understanding Ecological and Social Resilience in Island Systems: Informing Policy and Sharing Lessons for Management

April 9-11, 2013

Registration Now Open!

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This spring, the CBC and partners are hosting a three-day symposium to explore the unique challenges that island systems present to conservation.  Join local resource managers, researchers, educators, island leaders, policy makers, and other leading conservation practitioners to analyze and gain insight into promoting the resilience of island and coastal systems as well as strengthening networks for future collaborations.  The program will consist of synthesis talks, case study presentations, panel discussions, poster presentations, and working groups.  Visit our Conferences and Symposia page for more information on registration.

We are still accepting abstract submissions for poster presentations!  Submit your application using our Application Form.

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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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SciCafe: Island Birds and Biodiversity

On April 4, 2012, Dr. Chris Filardi, who is the CBC's director of Pacific Programs, was the featured speaker in the Museum's monthly Sci Cafe event. He spoke about the Museum's ongoing island research, new paradigms in island biology, and their implications for science and society. His research includes studying the foraging behavior of Palm cockatoos in Papua New Guinea and working with the Wildlife Conservation Society to set up one of the first community-based wildlife reserves in the country.

"SciCafe" is a popular after-hours series that brings together inquisitive minds for an informal evening of cocktails and conversation about cutting-edge science topics with experts from the field. It's held on the first Wednesday of every month. (Free admission, 21+ with ID.)

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March 06, 2012. For her research on flamingos, Felicity Arengo, associate director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, has been profiled in Wildlife Heroes, a new book by Julie Scardina and Jeff Flocken. Combining photographs and fun facts with tales from the field, Wildlife Heroes features 40 conservationists dedicated to saving some of Earth’s diverse wildlife.

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Science Friday: Urban Biodiversity Panel

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On March 28, 2012 "Science Friday," National Public Radio's popular weekly science talk show, was taped before a live audience under the blue whale in the Museum's Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Host Ira Flatow spoke with a panel of urban biodiversity experts, including:

Eleanor Sterling - Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
Jason Munshi-South - Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at the City University of New York
Sarah Aucoin - Director, Urban Park Rangers of New York City
Merry Camhi - Director, New York Seascape initiative, Wildlife Conservation Society

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Join a growing network to shape innovative strategies for public engagement in conservation through participation in scientific research.

Public participation in scientific research (PPSR) refers to initiatives in which the public is involved in one or more phases of scientific research – from defining questions to using results – and encompasses citizen science, participatory monitoring, community science, and a variety of other endeavors and approaches.

PPSR offers significant opportunities for biodiversity conservation by addressing the increasing demand for information and the need for action. For such research partnerships to advance goals for all involved, it is essential to better understand factors that influence specific outcomes and impacts.

In the fall of 2010, more than 200 people responded to survey questions that explored new strategies for conservation through citizen science and other forms of public participation in scientific research. A workshop held at the American Museum of Natural History on April 7 and 8, 2011 was an important step in moving these ideas forward.

Click here to find out more and join the ongoing conversation.

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From the Field: Speciation in the Solomon Islands

Dr. Chris Filardi's recent entries on The New York Times’s “Scientist At Work: Notes from the Field” blog described his expedition to the rarely explored Kolombangara highlands of the Solomon Islands in search of the glossy black Kolombangara Island thrush, a bird that inhabits cloudy bamboo thickets and is known from only four specimens. 

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CBC Director Eleanor Sterling’s Blogs from the Field in The New York Times

Find out about Dr. Eleanor Sterling's recent field work. In the New York Times Scientist at Work blog, she described her work with a team of Museum researchers at the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge in the Central Pacific where they have been studying the ecology and behavior of Green and Hawksbill sea turtles. Eleanor previously posted stories about an expedition in Vietnam where she and colleagues were searching for a highly endangered primate, the grey-shanked douc (Pygathrix cinerea).

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Award Winning Online Course "Water: Environmental Science"

On May 25, the American Museum of Natural History's Seminars on Science—an online professional development program for educators—was awarded Best Professional Development Solution for its course “Water: Environmental Science” at the 25th annual CODiE Awards. The CODiE acknowledges outstanding achievement and vision in the software and information industry, showcasing its finest products and services, as well as honoring excellence in corporate achievement and philanthropic efforts (http://www.siia.net/codies/2010/winners.asp).

The Water course was developed by the CBC’s Director, Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling, NCEP Director Dr. Nora Bynum, and Biodiversity Specialist Erin Vintinner, in collaboration with the Museum’s National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology, and is based in part on the Museum’s touring exhibition,Water: H2O = Life, curated by Dr. Sterling.

The Seminars on Science courses target educators seeking graduate credit and professional development opportunities in the sciences (http://www.amnh.org/learn).

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Creating Conservation Legislation in the Solomon Islands

In March the first protected-areas legislation for the Solomon Islands  (in the southwestern Pacific) was passed, with the CBC, AMNH, and the Solomon Islands Community Conservation Partnership playing a central role, as technical advisors, in shaping the legislation. This act fills a void that has stalled protection of the Solomons’ exceptional biodiversity. CBC partnerships within communities on Kolombangara and Tetepare Islands have been identified at national and regional levels as models for community-driven protected areas, and for generating both high-impact science and meaningful conservation gains in partnership with customary landholding groups. Both of the areas—which make up AMNH’s core conservation initiatives in the Solomons—are poised to become the first areas listed under the new act.

Read more on the CBC’s work in the Solomons.

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Reestablishing a Threatened Frog Species

AMNH’s Southwestern Research Station (SWRS) in Southeastern Arizona is partnering with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and the US Fish and Wildlife Service to expand its head-start facility for the reestablishment of Chiricahua Leopard frogs (Lithobates chiricahuensis) in the eastern part of the Chiricahua Mountains. This species has not been found in the area for many years and is now considered threatened throughout its range. Tadpoles are currently being raised indoors, and two new open-air enclosures with a small, lined pool are being built to raise the juveniles to adulthood. The SWRS staff anticipate the first release of frogs into a spring-fed pond on station grounds in fall 2011.

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Virtual Rainforest Initiative in British Columbia

The CBC has begun a new initiative in British Columbia, developing teaching materials for students in two First Nations communities in remote coastal areas. The Virtual Rainforest Initiative uses innovative technology as a means to strengthen the students’ connection with their local ecosystems and culture. The first module, geared toward the intermediate grades (5-7) and now being pilot-tested by teachers, is designed to build foundational skills in scientific inquiry. Remotely operated wildlife cameras and interactive whiteboards provide a 24-hour window into local wildlife ecology. Placed at key points along wolf trails and salmon rivers, the cameras capture and transmit live video to remote stations located at two schools. Students will be able to observe both live-feed and stored footage, download pre-developed lesson plans, and develop and share their own projects with other white-board users in the region and around the world. The Heiltsuk and Gitga’at Nations face numerous environmental, social, and economic challenges, and the lessons will help prepare students to take on opportunities as they continue on to high school and their professional lives.

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The Last Tortoise

Book Review

The CBC’s Director, Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling, reviews The Last Tortoise: A Tale of Extinction In Our Lifetime, by biological anthropologist Craig Stanford, Professor of Anthropology and Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California and Director of the USC Jane Goodall Research Center.

“We are the major cause of tortoise population decline and are just as capable of reversing these trends and contributing to their conservation.” Click here to read the review:http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=411573

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