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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

    Research Interests

      Mary E. Blair is the Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC). She also leads the CBC's Enhancing Diversity in Conservation Science Initiative. Her research interests lie in the conservation biology of primates and other mammals. Her current research integrates molecular techniques with geographic information systems (GIS) modeling to understand the evolutionary processes that generate biodiversity and the influence of environmental variability on evolutionary divergence. She also explores how knowledge of evolutionary processes can inform conservation planning and the spatial prioritization of conservation actions. Most recently, she is studying the diversity, evolution, and conservation of slow lorises in Vietnam. Her blogs for this project for the New York Times have reached a global audience ( Mary received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Primatology from Columbia University, and is currently an NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellow. 

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