Student Conference on Conservation Science

The CBC organized and hosted our sixth Student Conference on Conservation Science- New York (SCCS-NY) on October 7–9, 2015. Over 200 students, postdocs, early-career scientists, and leading conservation professionals in science, policy, academia, and management representing 15 U.S. states and 29 countries participated. 

This year’s program featured keynote speakers Dr. Rodrigo Medellin, professor at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico, and Dr. Ivette Perfecto, professor at the University of Michigan. Both participated in a lively panel discussion moderated by Dr. Eleanor Sterling. 

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Panelists Dr. Rodrigo Medellin and Dr. Ivette Perfecto, and moderator Dr. Eleanor Sterling (middle).


The scientific program included 16 talks, 16 speed talks, and over 40 posters.

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Participants presented 16 talks, 16 speed talks, and over 40 posters.


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Emerging conservation scientists were provided with opportunities to present and get feedback on their work, gain experience and make contacts to help them launch their careers.


Participant response to the Conference was uniformly positive—100 percent of survey respondents gave positive ratings. Over 90 percent of respondents agreed that we succeeded in convening a broad, multidisciplinary community of students and facilitating the exchange of ideas on conservation, policy, and management.

 

"This was a great opportunity and provided a wonderful venue to present my research. I was also really inspired to learn about what other students were doing, and left feeling re-invigorated about conservation in general. Thank you!"

Participant feedback

 

A separate evaluation of AMNH Science Research and Mentoring Program high school students who attended the conference indicated that SCCS activities expanded their knowledge of and interest in the field of conservation biology, and several participants are planning to enter college next year with a focus on conservation. 

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