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Facebook live: CBC scientist Mary Blair talked about her recent paper on using an interdisciplinary approach to address complex illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia

October 2017 

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Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York 2017

October 2017

The 8th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science-New York (SCCS-NY) took place at the Museum October 11-13, 2017. The conference was a great success, gathering students and emerging and established conservation professionals for three days of student presentations, poster sessions, special events, and more!

Group photo of SCCS-NY 2017 participants

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SciCafe: Humans and Conflicts With Bears: Oh My!

October 2017

CBC scientist Rae Wynn-Grant shared her research on human impacts on black bear ecology at the season opener of the Museum's popular SciCafe with her talk Humans and Conflicts With Bears: Oh My!


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Workshop on teaching about food systems: Community of Practice II

June 2016

On June 8 and 9, we gathered for the second Foods Systems Workshops: Community of Practice (CoP II) at Columbia University. The workshop featured two full days of panels, presentations on existing work and lessons learned, and active curriculum development on teaching about food systems. Visit this link for information on our CoP III!  

CBC food systems workshop COP II

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Community-based conservation in Catamarca

May 2017
A group of flamingos are looking for food in the wetlands of Argentina

CBC scientist Felicity Arengo returned to Argentina to work with colleagues there to train community members to monitor flamingo populations and wetland habitats and to investigate the emerging lithium mining development. Read more in her latest blog post from the field

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March for Science 

April 2017

The CBC team celebrated the 2017 Earth day by participating in the New York and Washington D.C. March for Science. The CBC promotes and actively works to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in science. Read more about achieving inclusive science in this Union of Concerned Scientists blog post by CBC staff and collaborators. 

CBC in the march for science

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CBC at the Earth Optimism Summit  

April 2017

The CBC's Director, Ana Luz Porzecanski and Chief Conservation Scientist Eleanor J. Sterling highlighted the importance of Museums in conservation as speakers in the Earth Optimism Summit plenary: Science, Conservation, Inspiration

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Nature Works Everywhere: Virtual Career Panel

April 2017

CBC Scientist Rae Wynn-Grant joined fellow STEM professionals in a live virtual panel about their careers in engineering, ecology, and advocacy, and how they got to where they are today, hosted by the Nature Conservancy and EarthEcho International.

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NCEP vietnam panorama

NCEP Vietnam featured on PANORAMA 

April 2017

The CBC's Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) pilot training program in biodiversity conservation and protected area management in Vietnam was recently highlighted as a featured solution on PANORAMA. Learn more about the program here

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Two researchers and their dog searching for Coyote scat by a hiking trail

The Gotham Coyote Project receives the Urban Park Service Partnership Award!

March 2017

Mark Weckel’s Gotham Coyote Project was awarded the Urban Park Service Partnership Award, based on his work and dedication supporting the Urban Park Rangers in their mission to connect New Yorkers to the natural world through environmental education, outdoor adventure, and wildlife management.

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Maxent

Open-source release of Maxent software 

March 2017

The Maxent software for modeling species niches and distributions is now available open source hosted by the CBC, where the idea for the software originated.

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New publication! 

Table in assessing the evidence for stakeholder engagement in biodiversity conservation

March 2017

Interested in involving stakeholders in conservation activities? Check out newly published results of a comprehensive literature review of the evidence regarding the role of stakeholder engagement in achieving biodiversity conservation goals at the local scale. Read it here

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New publication!

March 2017
molecular ecology cover

CBC Software Developer Pete Ersts contributed to the study Multiple processes drive genetic structure of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) populations across spatial scales, which looked at population structure in humpback whales in the south Atlantic and Indian oceans. The researchers found that geographic distance drove genetic structure, there were stronger differences among female breeding stocks than in males, and whales breeding in the Arabian seem to be distinct from the other basins studied. This new information can help in the management of whale populations that are still recovering from commercial whaling. Read it here.

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SciCafe: The Search for Slow Lorises

March 2017 

CBC primatologist and Director of Biodiversity Informatics Research, Dr. Mary Blair, gave an AMNH SciCafe talk on slow lorises and how research on these endangered animals can contribute to a better understanding of wildlife trafficking, including the risk of zoonotic disease spread. 


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New podcast! 

Rae Wynn-grant

January 2017

CBC Scientist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant shared why it’s cool to love science, bears, and lions on Trailblazers.FM podcast, which explores stories of successful black professionals, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. Listen to the podcast here.

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Facebook Live: Conservation biologist Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant talks bears, hibernation, and her latest field work

January 2017

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The CBC at the CBD COP 13

Dr. Eleanor Sterling giving a presentation at the CBD COP 13

December 2016

Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling, gave a presentation about her work on biocultural indicators at the "Muuchtambal" Indigenous Persons Forum during the 13th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13) in Cancun, Mexico. Watch the forum presentations (English/Spanish).

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New publication!

November 2016
conservation social science graph

"Conservation social science: Understanding and integrating human dimensions to improve conservation" by CBC scientist Dr. Georgina Cullman et al. describes the unique contributions that the social sciences can make to conservation. The open access paper is available here.

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Columbia announces a series of new courses “Food: An Interdisciplinary Perspective", organized in collaboration with the CBC

November 2016

The courses will focus on the interplay between food and the environment, individual and public health, economics and public policy. By providing students with a holistic understanding of the modern food system, the curriculum is intended to broaden students’ global awareness and consideration of their own social responsibilities, while also providing a basis for understanding one of the largest economic sectors. The courses will be offered as science electives for non-science majors and will be targeted towards sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The first course will likely be offered in Spring 2017. Learn more.

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Cuba! 

October 2016

Cuban poster artist Michele Hollands meets with CBC Director Ana Luz Porzecanski to discuss the art and a design on display in the Museum's Cuba! Exhibition, which opens at the Museum next month.

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Illegal wildlife trade in Vietnam

October 2016

Illegal wildlife trade poses a major threat to a group of nocturnal primates called slow lorises. Find out how researchers from the CBC are working with partners in Vietnam to protect these animals. 


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New publication! 

The front of the book Curating the future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change

October 2016

The book Curating the Future: Museums, Communities and Climate Change, with the chapter Food and Water Exhibitions: Lenses on Climate Change by the CBC's Eleanor Sterling and Erin Betley, is now available! The book explores the way museums tackle the broad global issue of climate change, including the power of real objects and collections to stir hearts and minds, to engage communities affected by change.

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Dr. Eleanor Sterling receives Yale University's Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal

September 2016

CBC Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling was the recipient of the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal, an honor presented each year by the Graduate School Alumni Association of Yale University to a small number of outstanding alumni. The medal recognizes distinguished achievements in scholarship, teaching, academic administration, and public service–all areas in which the legendary Dean Cross excelled. Learn more.

Watch Eleanor's Wilbur Cross Medal Lecture.

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CBC collaborator recognized as "Hotspot Hero" at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

September 2016
David Boseto

CBC Pacific Programs research collaborator David Boseto. © Hensllyn Bos


CBC Pacific Programs research collaborator David Boseto was recognized by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF) as a “Hotspot” Hero.  The award was granted on September 5, 2016 at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii. David was one of fifteen conservationists selected from the over 2000 grantee organizations funded by CEPF globally and was recognized for his exemplary work with Ecological Solutions Solomon Islands (ESSI), of which he is a founder and current co-director. Learn more.

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CBC scientist receives prestigious award at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

Eleanor receiving the CEESP award at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress

CBC Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling received the CEESP award at the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress. © Kevin Frey


September 2016

CBC Chief Conservation Scientist, Dr. Eleanor Sterling, received the inaugural IUCN Commission on Environmental, Economic & Social Policy (CEESP) Meritorious Research Award, in recognition of her outstanding and inspirational research over a career specializing in the importance of inter-disciplinary collaboration, bridging science and social science, research and practice in the pursuit of beneficial, equitable and just forms of biodiversity conservation. The award was given during the 2016 IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu, Hawaii, on 6 September. The CEESP Awards Committee unanimously decided that Dr. Sterling’s lifetime work was more than deserving of recognition and thanks. Congratulations Eleanor Sterling!

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Upcoming exhibition: ¡Cuba!

September 2016
CBC Director Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski with a model of a Cuban tody

CBC Director Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski with a model of a Cuban tody. © Fred R. Conrad for The New York Times


This November, the Museum will be opening a new exhibition on the natural history and culture of Cuba. ¡Cuba! is co-curated by CBC Director, Ana Luz Porzecanski, and Curator-in-charge of Herpetology, Dr. Chris Raxworthy. Read the New York Times "Work in Progress" story here

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Field notes: Expedition to Cuba

August 2016
CBC Director Ana Porzecanski and Spencer Galen prepare field samples in Cuba.

CBC Director Ana Porzecanski and Spencer Galen prepare field samples in Cuba. © AMNH


CBC Director, Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski, co-organized with AMNH scientists and colleagues from the Museo de Historia Natural de Cuba, an expedition to Alejandro de Humboldt National Park, on the northeastern end of Cuba. Read about the expedition in the Mongabay interview with Dr. Porzecanski here

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Blog post: How to Collar a Bear

large male black bear

A large male black bear photographed by a camera trap in the Nevada backcountry. He was attracted to the site by the scent of raspberry essence, visible on the leftmost tree. 

© R. Wynn-Grant


July 2016

CBC postdoctoral fellow Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant blogged from the field during her research on the impacts of human activity on landscape use, habitat suitability, and habitat connectivity of black bears in Nevada. Read about her expedition here.

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SciCafe Explore21: Cuba

July 2016

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean and home to an astonishingly diverse and unique set of animals and plants. CBC Director Dr. Ana Porzecanski and colleague Dr. Angelo Soto-Centeno discussed their recent expedition to Cuba and the new avenues for scientific collaboration on the island at the museum's SciCafe event Explore:21 Cuba.


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A group of workshop participants drawing art in a scenario planning and visioning workshop.

Blog post: Art and Participatory Modelling

July 2016

What can art contribute to participatory modeling? Over the past decade, participatory visual and narrative arts have been more frequently and effectively incorporated into scenario planning and visioning workshops. Read more in the Integration and Implementation Insights blog post by Hara W. Woltz and the CBC's Chief Conservation Scientist Dr. Eleanor J. Sterling.

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Interactive workshop on food systems teaching 

June 2016

Do you teach or want to teach about food systems using cross-disciplinary systems thinking? Join us at Columbia University in NYC on July 26 & 27 for a workshop on food systems teaching.

We will gather for a full day of panels and presentations on existing work and lessons learned, and a second day of collaborative exchange workshops. The primary purpose of the event will be to 1) create a community of practice of people working on developing and implementing curricula in food systems courses, 2) review and develop materials using systems thinking frameworks in teaching about food systems, and 3) share or develop assessment tools on student learning in systems thinking. Learn more.

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Recent Publications

June 2016

Can we do more to develop data analysis skills in undergraduate conservation students? The CBC’s scientists along with colleagues from around the country developed teaching materials to promote data analysis skills in college students and assessed performance before and after their use. Students improved their skills in a single semester while also learning about ecological principles! Read all about it here

CBC researcher Dr. Mark Weckel’s paper "Urban Conservation: the northeastern coyote as a flagship species" uses the natural history of this wild canid as a lens by which to approach and understand the issues and challenges that face the emerging field of urban conservation. It was recently chosen as the Editor’s Choice for Landscape and Urban Planning's 150th volume. Read it here

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Meet the Scientist 

December 2015

CBC Director, Dr. Ana Luz Porzecanski on her interest in science and the exciting work of the CBC.


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Blog series: From the Field

September 2015
Guadalcanal evening

Landscape view of the Guadalcanal highlands.

Photo: P.Pikacha


Dr. Chris Filardi, Director of Pacific Programs at the CBC, blogged from the field during the AMNH expedition to the remote highlands of Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands. Read about his expedition here.

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Shucking clams with community

Dr. Georgina Cullman shucking giant clams with community members in preparation for a community meal in Western Province.

Photo: M.Taqu


Blog post: The Link Between Conservation and Nutrition

September 2015

Dr. Georgina Cullman, Postdoctoral Fellow at the CBC, blogged from the field during this summer's expedition to the Solomon Islands to do research on the relationship between food, nutrition, and the environment. Read about her expedition here

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Blog series: From the Field

July 2015
Pygmy loris Vietnam nocturnal

A pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) spotted during our surveys in Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve, Vietnam. 

Thạch Mai Hoàng


Dr. Mary Blair, Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning at the CBC, blogged from the field during this summer's expedition to Vietnam to survey lorises. Read about her expedition here.

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The National Science Foundation highlights the CBC's work in Vietnam 

Vietnam team with Blair, Sterling

The CBC has been conducting research, exploration, and capacity building work with partners in Vietnam since 1996. 


July 2015

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of resuming diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam, the National Science Foundation (NSF) is highlighting the CBC’s biodiversity and conservation work in Vietnam, which has been ongoing since 1996, on social media. Check out our work on NSF's blog and in NSF Discoveries News.

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Blog series: From the Field

January 2015
Andean Flamingos.2015 census

Andean Flamingos recorded at Purulla Lake, Argentina, during the February 2015 International Flamingo Census. 

Photo: F.Arengo


Dr. Felicity Arengo, Associate Director of the CBC, blogged from the field during the 5th International Flamingo Census in South America this past January. Read about her expedition here and watch the video on how to count flamingos. 

 

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