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Mary E. Blair

Director, Biodiversity Informatics Research
Affiliated Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School

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    Research Interests

      Mary E. Blair, Ph.D. is the Director for Biodiversity Informatics Research at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). She studies the conservation biology of primates and other mammals, and has more than 10 years of field research experience in Latin America and Asia, studying the evolutionary processes that generate biodiversity to inform the spatial prioritization of conservation actions. She is currently leading a new project funded by NASA to expand the open-source species distribution modeling software Wallace to facilitate biodiversity observation network assessment and reporting by conservation practitioners. She also coordinates the New York Regional Species Distribution Modeling (SDM) Discussion Group (NY-SDM), which brings together leading researchers from across the New York Metropolitan area to discuss and present research and new methods related to SDM. She recently led interdisciplinary research on the diversity of slow lorises in Vietnam and the patterns, scales, and drivers of illicit trade in these and other animals through an NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellowship. In 2013, she co-edited Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques, published by Oxford University Press, and her blogs for the New York Times’ Scientist at Work and AMNH’s From the Field have reached a global audience. Dr. Blair is Affiliated Faculty at Columbia University and the Richard Gilder Graduate School at the AMNH, and is President of the AMNH Chapter of the Association for Women in Science. 

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