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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 (http://scientistatwork.blogs.nytimes.com/tag/slow-loris/). Mary received her Ph.D. in Evolutionary Primatology from Columbia University, and is currently an NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellow.
- Blair, M.E., Sterling, E.J., Dusch, M., Raxworthy, C. and R.G. Pearson. 2013. Ecological divergence and speciation in Eulemur sister species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26(8): 1790-1801. DOI:10.1111/jeb.12179.
- Blair, M.E. 2011. Habitat modification and gene flow in Saimiri oerstedii: Landscape genetics, intraspecific molecular systematics, and conservation. Ph.D. Dissertation. Columbia University, New York, NY. 205 p. Available from: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and also through Columbia University's Academic Commons.
- Blair, M.E., Sterling, E.J., and M.M. Hurley. 2011. Taxonomy and conservation of Vietnam's primates: A review. American Journal of Primatology 73(11): 1093-1106. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20986.
- Blair, M.E., and D.J. Melnick. 2012. Genetic evidence for dispersal by both sexes in the Central American Squirrel Monkey, Saimiri oerstedii citrinellus. American Journal of Primatology 74(1):37-47. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.21007. Selected as a feature article.
- Bett, N., Blair, M.E., and E.J. Sterling. 2012. Ecological niche conservatism in doucs (genus Pygathrix). International Journal of Primatology 33(4): 972-988. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9622-3.
- Blair, M.E., and D.J. Melnick. 2012. Scale-dependent effects of a hetereogeneous landscape on genetic differentiation in the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii). PLoS ONE 7(8): e43027.DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0043027.
- Blair, M.E., Rose, R.A., Ersts, P., Sanderson, E.W., Redford, K.H., Didier, K., Sterling, E.J., and R.G. Pearson. 2012. Incorporating climate change into conservation planning: Identifying priority areas across a species' range. Frontiers in Biogeography 4(4): 157-167. Available at: http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5bx4919t.
- Blair, M.E., Gutierrez-Espeleta, G., and D.J. Melnick. 2013. Subspecies of the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii) as units for conservation. International Journal of Primatology 34(1): 86-98. DOI:10.1007/s10764-012-9650-z.
- Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, editors. 2013. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659456.do#.UWP0yKuPh90.
- Blair, M.E., Bynum, N., and E.J. Sterling. 2013. Determining conservation status and contributing to in situ conservation action. In Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, eds. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 278-293.
- Blair, M.E. and A.L. Morales-Jimenez. 2013. Population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, and phylogeography. In Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, eds. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 238-256.