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Mary E. Blair

Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning
Affiliated Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

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    Research Interests

      Mary E. Blair, Ph.D. is the Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). She studies the conservation biology of primates and has 10 years of field research experience in Latin America and Asia, studying the evolutionary processes that generate primate diversity to inform the spatial prioritization of conservation actions. Most recently, she is investigating the diversity of slow lorises in Vietnam and the patterns, scales, and drivers of illicit trade in these and other animals through an NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellowship. In 2013, she co-edited Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques, published by Oxford University Press, and her blogs for the New York Times’ Scientist at Work and AMNH’s From the Field have reached a global audience. Dr. Blair is Affiliated Faculty at Columbia University and the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH, and is President of the AMNH Chapter of the Association for Women in Science.    

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