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2014 SCCS-NY

The fifth annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) was held at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City from October 14-17, 2014. We welcomed graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, a small number of undergraduate students, and those who have recently begun working in conservation science.

This year’s 200 conference participants represented 26 countries and 16 U.S. states. Fifty-five mentors – established conservationists in policy, management, and academia from 34 institutions – met with students, offered guidance, provided written and verbal feedback, and lead workshops. The full agenda included 86 formal presentations (talks, speed talks, and posters), eight workshops, two mentoring lunches, two public programs, two receptions, and a resource and career fair.

SCCS-New York is a sister conference to the highly successful SCCS-Cambridge. Begun in 2000, the conference series now includes SCCS-NY, SCCS-Bangalore, SCCS-Australia, SCCS-Beijing, and SCCS-Hungary.

SCCS-NY 2014 was organized by the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, in partnership with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, the University of Cambridge, and Princeton University. The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation is grateful to the Edgar M. Cullman, Jr. Family, and Vivian H. Donnelley, Strachan Donnelley Family Charitable Lead Unitrust for their generous support of this conference.      

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Conference Program Overview

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

"Questions for a Resilient Future" presented by the Center for Humans and Nature and the American Museum of Natural History. This event is free and open to the public.

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

8:00AM Registration
9:00AM Plenary Address by Dr. John Cigliano: How Can You Best Contribute to Conservation? Insights from Marine Conservation, Citizen Science, and the Liberal Arts
10:00AM Talk Sessions
1:00PM Mentor-Hosted Lunch
2:20PM Speed Talk Session
4:00PM Talk Session
5:10PM Poster Session and Reception


Thursday, October 16th, 2014

8:00AM  Registration
9:00AM Plenary Address by Dr. Lekelia (Kiki) Jenkins: Keys for Inventing Technologies that Protect the Environment: Lessons from Marine Conservation
10:00AM Talk Sessions
1:00PM Mentor-Hosted Lunch
2:00PM Group Photo
2:20PM Speed Talk Session
4:00PM Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series Panel Discussion: This Year in Conservation
5:15PM Resource & Career Fair, Closing Reception pizza party & Conference Awards 


Friday, October 17th, 2014

9:00AM - 5:00PM Workshops & Museum Collection Tours                                                                                                                



  • Making Decision Makers Do the Right Thing
  • What am I Going to Do with the Rest of My Life?! Exploring Careers in Conservation
  • Discovering your Leadership Style
  • A Biocultural Approach to Conservation
  • Making your Work Matter: Engaging Stakeholders for Conservation Outcomes
  • DIY: Crafting Academic Research for Conservation 
  • Expanding Your Teaching Toolbox: An Introduction to Active and Scientific Teaching Approaches
  • Present Your Work...Visually!


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The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation thanks our SCCS-NY partners:

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Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, University of Cambridge, and Princeton University

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