Invertebrates constitute 95% of all animal species on Earth and perform vital roles in all ecological systems. However, despite their importance, many invertebrate species are disappearing at an alarming rate.
The Metropolitan Biodiversity Program seeks to enhance understanding of biodiversity, and threats to biodiversity, in human-modified landscapes and apply this knowledge to conservation.
In 1998, the CBC initiated a collaborative, interdisciplinary research program in Vietnam to inform the government's decisions concerning the location and expansion of protected forest areas.
The CBC's research and conservation work in the heart of the Indo-Burma Biodiversity Hotspot - an enormous and geographically complex area containing some of the world's most spectacular and threatened amphibians and reptiles.
Addressing knowledge gaps about the regional diversity and natural history of mainland Southeast Asia's small mammals in the face of severe threats from human-induced pressures such as land use change, deforestation, and hunting and trading practices.
The CBC collaborated with partners to implement the first and at the time only initiative researching and implementing Saola conservation measures.
The CBC conducted surveys of amphibians and reptiles to support conservation strategies in Bolivia.
As a part of our research on sea turtles on Palmyra Atoll, we developed manual and automated photographic methods to identify and recognize individual animals based on the unique pattern formed by the scales on a turtle’s head.
From 2000-2013, the CBC led the Bahamas Biocomplexity Project (BBP), a multidisciplinary study of how marine protected areas (MPAs) and MPA networks function in a coral reef ecosystem informing the establishment, expansion, design, and management of protected areas.