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CBC scientist receives prestigious award at the IUCN World Conservation Congress

CBC Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling received the CEESP award at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. © Kevin Frey

CBC Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling received the CEESP award at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. © Kevin Frey


CBC Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling, received the inaugural IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP) Meritorious Research Award, in recognition of her outstanding and inspirational research over a career specializing in the importance of inter-disciplinary collaboration, bridging science and social science, research and practice in the pursuit of beneficial, equitable and just forms of biodiversity conservation. The award was given during the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 6 September. The CEESP Awards Committee unanimously decided that Dr. Sterling’s lifetime work was more than deserving of recognition and thanks. Congratulations Eleanor Sterling!

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Upcoming exhibition: ¡Cuba!

CBC Director Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski with a model of a Cuban tody. © Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times

CBC Director Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski with a model of a Cuban tody. © Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times


This November, the Museum will be opening a new exhibition on the natural history and culture of Cuba. ¡Cuba! is co-curated by CBC Director, Ana Luz Porzecanski, and Curator-in-charge of Herpetology, Dr. Chris Raxworthy. Read the New York Times "Work in Progress" story here

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Field notes: Expedition to Cuba

CBC Director Ana Porzecanski and Spencer Galen prepare field samples in Cuba. © AMNH

CBC Director Ana Porzecanski and Spencer Galen prepare field samples in Cuba. © AMNH


CBC Director, Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski, co-organized with AMNH scientists and colleagues from the Museo de Historia Natural de Cuba, an expedition to Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, on the northeastern end of Cuba.  Read about the expedition in the Mongabay interview with Dr. Porzecanski here

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Blog post: How to Collar a Bear

A large male black bear photographed by a camera trap in the Nevada backcountry. He was attracted to the site by the scent of raspberry essence, visible on the leftmost tree.  © R. Wynn-Grant

A large male black bear photographed by a camera trap in the Nevada backcountry. He was attracted to the site by the scent of raspberry essence, visible on the leftmost tree. 

© R. Wynn-Grant


CBC postdoctoral fellow Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant blogged from the field during her research on the impacts of human activity on landscape use, habitat suitability, and habitat connectivity of black bears in Nevada. Read her blog post here.

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SciCafe Explore21: Cuba

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and home to an astonishingly diverse and unique set of animals and plants. CBC Director Dr. Ana Porzecanski and colleague Dr. Angelo Soto-Centeno discussed their recent expedition to Cuba and the new avenues for scientific collaboration on the island at the museum's SciCafe event Explore:21 Cuba.


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A group of workshop participants drawing art in a scenario planning and visioning workshop.

Blog post: Art and Participatory Modelling

What can art contribute to participatory modelling? Over the past decade, participatory visual and narrative arts have been more frequently and effectively incorporated into scenario planning and visioning workshops.

Read more in the Integration and Implementation Insights blog post by Hara W. Woltz and the CBC's Chief Conservation Scientist Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling.

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Interactive workshop on food systems teaching 

Do you teach or want to teach about food systems using cross-disciplinary systems thinking? Join us at Columbia University in NYC on July 26 & 27 for a workshop on food systems teaching.

We will gather for a full day of panels and presentations on existing work and lessons learned, and a second day of collaborative exchange workshops. The primary purpose of the event will be to 1) create a community of practice of people working on developing and implementing curricula in food systems courses, 2) review and develop materials using systems thinking frameworks in teaching about food systems, and 3) share or develop assessment tools on student learning in systems thinking. Learn more.

 

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News on recent publications

Can we do more to develop data analysis skills in undergraduate conservation students? The CBC’s scientists along with colleagues from around the country developed teaching materials to promote data analysis skills in college students and assessed performance before and after their use. Students improved their skills in a single semester while also learning about ecological principles! Read all about it here

CBC researcher Dr. Mark Weckel’s paper "Urban Conservation: the northeastern coyote as a flagship species" uses the natural history of this wild canid as a lens by which to approach and understand the issues and challenges that face the emerging field of urban conservation. It was recently chosen as the Editor’s Choice for Landscape and Urban Planning's 150th volume. Read it here

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Meet the Scientist 

CBC Director, Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski on her interest in science and the exciting work of the CBC.


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Blog series: From the Field

Landscape view of the Guadalcanal highlands. Photo: P.Pikacha

Landscape view of the Guadalcanal highlands.

Photo: P.Pikacha


Dr. Chris Filardi, Director of Pacific Programs at the CBC, blogged from the field during the AMNH expedition to the remote highlands of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Read about his expedition here.

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Dr. Georgina Cullman shucking giant clams with community members in preparation for a community meal in Western Province. Photo: M.Taqu

Dr. Georgina Cullman shucking giant clams with community members in preparation for a community meal in Western Province.

Photo: M.Taqu


Blog post: The Link Between Conservation and Nutrition

Dr. Georgina Cullman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the CBC, blogged from the field during this summer's expedition to the Solomon Islands to do research on the relationship between food, nutrition, and the environment. Read about her expedition here

 

  

 

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A pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) spotted during our surveys in Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve, Vietnam.  Thạch Mai Hoàng

A pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) spotted during our surveys in Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve, Vietnam. 

Thạch Mai Hoàng


Blog series: From the Field

Dr. Mary Blair, Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning at the CBC, blogged from the field during this summer's expedition to Vietnam to survey lorises. Read about her expedition here. 

 

 

 

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Andean Flamingos recorded at Purulla Lake, Argentina, during the February 2015 International Flamingo Census.  Photo: F.Arengo

Andean Flamingos recorded at Purulla Lake, Argentina, during the February 2015 International Flamingo Census. 

Photo: F.Arengo


Blog series: From the Field

Dr. Felicity Arengo, Associate Director of the CBC, blogged from the field during the 5th International Flamingo Census in South America this past January. Read about her expedition here and watch the video on how to count flamingos. 

 

 

 

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The National Science Foundation highlights the CBC's work in Vietnam 

The CBC has been conducting research, exploration, and capacity building work with partners in Vietnam since 1996. 

The CBC has been conducting research, exploration, and capacity building work with partners in Vietnam since 1996. 


On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of resuming diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is highlighting the CBC’s biodiversity and conservation work in Vietnam, which has been ongoing since 1996, on social media. 

Check out our work on NSF's blog and in NSF Discoveries News.

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