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SCCS-NY 2018 at a Glance

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The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation's (CBC) 9th annual Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS-NY) took place at the American Museum of Natural History, October 24-26, 2018.

Over 330 students, postdocs, and early-career scientists, representing 25 countries and 25 U.S. states, convened at the Museum to take part in the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students. SCCS-NY provides opportunities for emerging scientists to present and get feedback on their work, gain experience, and make contacts to help launch their careers.

Plenary Talks

Plenary talks delivered by leaders in the conservation field are a cornerstone of SCCS-NY, bringing dynamic, innovative perspectives on contemporary conservation issues. This year’s conference featured talks by two leaders in community-led conservation.

"The role of conservation initiatives in Hurricane Maria response and energy transformation in Puerto Rico" by Arturo A. Massol-Deyá, Executive Director of Casa Pueblo; Professor, University of Puerto Rico.

SCCS-NY 2018 Plenary Address by Arturo Massol-Deyá,

SCCS-NY 2018 Plenary Address by Arturo Massol-Deyá,

"People as ‘Agents of Change’: understanding and supporting stewardship to enhance resilience" by Erika Svendsen, Research Social Scientist, U.S. Forest Service

SCCS-NY 2018 Plenary Address by Erika Svendsen

SCCS-NY 2018 Plenary Address by Erika Svendsen

Student Presentations 

As a part of the only international series of conservation conferences featuring students, SCCS-NY provides opportunities for emerging scientists to present and get feedback on their work. This year’s conference featured 85 talk, speed talk, and poster presentations by students and early-career professionals. 

Conference participant presenting on stage
SCCS-NY 2018 featured 85 talk, speed talk, and poster presentations by students and early-career professionals. © AMNH/Roderick Mickens
Presenters discussing their posters during the conference poster session
The SCCS-NY 2018 Poster Session took place in the Museum's Hall of Ocean Life. © AMNH/Roderick Mickens

11 awards were distributed to outstanding student presentations. Learn more about this year's award winners!

SCCS-NY 2018 award winners together with the CBC Director, Ana Luz Porzecanski and Associate Director, Felicity Arengo
SCCS-NY 2018 award winners together with the CBC Director, Ana Luz Porzecanski and Associate Director, Felicity Arengo. © AMNH/Roderick Mickens

Special Public Programs 

This year's conference featured the 2018 Mack Lipkin Man and Nature Series Panel Discussion Conservation and Resilience: What Climate Change is Teaching Us as a special evening public program. 

A panel of experts joined CBC Director Ana Luz Porzecanski to explore how climate change affects the places where we live and work and how we are thinking about energy, our built environment, and conservation of nature in the face of changing landscapes, as well as some of the innovations that are making a difference. Joining the SCCS-NY 2018 plenarists, Arturo A. Massol-Deyá and Erika Svendsen, were Jennifer Bolstad, a landscape architect, educator, and community organizer for social and environmental justice, and Walter Meyer, an urban designer who uses ecosystem services to create resilient hydrology and energy systems, especially in vulnerable coastal communities.

2018 Mack Lipkin Panel Discussion "Conservation and Resilience: What Climate Change is Teaching Us"

2018 Mack Lipkin Panel Discussion "Conservation and Resilience: What Climate Change is Teaching Us"

Workshops 

SCCS-NY offers in-depth, interactive workshops on a variety of conservation topics. This year’s workshops spanned from planning careers in the conservation field to incorporating biocultural perspectives into conservation projects. 

Resource and Career Fair 

Conference participants had the opportunity to meet with representatives from 30 leading U.S. and international conservation and environmental organizations, academic programs, fellowships, and publishers at the SCCS-NY 2018 Resource and Career Fair. The fair is designed for students, postdocs, and early-career professionals to network and gather information about future careers and opportunities in conservation science. 

An industry representative speaks with a conference participant at the resource and career fair.
The Resource and Career Fair gives participants the opportunity to meet with representatives from conservation organizations and academic programs. © AMNH/Roderick Mickens

Collection Tours 

A highlight for SCCS-NY participants is a behind-the-scenes visit to the Museum’s collections. This year included tours of the Museum’s entomology, herpetology, and ornithology collections; the Research Library; the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics; and the Butterfly Conservatory. 

Lunch Table Mentorship 

During the conference, students can sign up for lunch table discussions with mentors. Each mentor and table discussion focused on a specific topic, such as science communication, environmental justice, remote sensing in conservation, education, and how to prepare for the academic job market. 

A mentor in discussion with participants at a mentor hosted lunch
A highly valued aspect of SCCS-NY is its platform for participants to connect with mentors—established conservationists from policy, management, and academia. More than 70 mentors provided reviews and advice before and throughout SCCS-NY 2018. © AMNH/Nadav Gazit

Participant Voices 

Participant response showed that SCCS-NY 2018 was very well received:

Quotes from conference participants

Participants shared their thoughts and experiences from the conference via Twitter. Overall, more than 250 tweets with the official conference hashtag #SCCSNY2018 were used to cover presentations and events, share inspiration, and connect with other conference participants and those following from afar. Below are some of our favorite tweets:

Selected tweets with the hashtag #sccsny2018

Organizers, Partners, and Contributors

The 2018 Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York was organized by the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History. 

Major funding for the 2018 Student Conference on Conservation Science was provided by Marshall M. Weinberg

Conference Partners: 

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Conference Contributors: 

Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

Pace University