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Mary E. Blair

Dr. Mary E. Blair

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

Phone:
212-313-7077

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. 

Publications

Representative Publications:

  • Kodis, M, P. Galante, EJ Sterling, and ME Blair. (In press). Ecological niche modeling for a cultivated plant species: A case study on taro (Colocasia escuelenta) in Hawai’i. Ecological Applications.
  • Thạch, HM, Le, MD, Vũ, NB, Panariello, A, Sethi, G., Sterling, EJ, and ME Blair. 2018. Slow loris trade in Vietnam: Exploring diverse knowledges and values. Folia Primatologica 89(1): 45-62. DOI:10.1159/000481196
  • Sterling, E.J., C. Filardi, J. Newell, S. Albert, D. Alvira, N. Bergamini, E. Betley, M.E. Blair, D. Boseto, K. Burrows, N. Bynum, S. Caillon, J.E. Caselle, J. Claudet, G. Cullman, R. Dacks, P.B. Eyzaguirre, N. Gazit, S. Gray, J. Herrera, P. Kenilorea, K. Kinney, N. Kurashima S. Macey, S. Mauli, J. McCarter, H. McMillen, P. Pascua, P. Pikacha, A.L. Porzecanski, P. de Robert, M. Salpeteur, A. Sigouin, M. Sirikolo, M.H. Stege, K. Stege, T. Ticktin, A. Toomey, R. Vave, A. Wali, P. West, K.B. Winter, and S. Jupiter. 2017. Biocultural approaches to sustainability indicators: bridging local to global for human capacity and ecological resilience. Nature Ecology and Evolution (In Press). DOI:10.1038/s41559-017-0349-6
  • Chiou, K.L. and M.E. Blair. (Accepted) Modeling niches and mapping distributions: progress and promise of ecological niche models for primate research. In GPS and GIS for primatologists: A practical guide to spatial analysis (Eds. Shaffer, C.A., Dolins, F., Hickey, J.R., Nibbelink, N.P., and L. Porter). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK. (2018 Expected Publication)
  • Blair, ME, Le, MD, Sethi, G, Thạch, HM, Nguyen, VTH, Amato, G, Birchette, M, Sterling, EJ. 2017. The importance of an interdisciplinary research approach to inform wildlife trade management in Southeast Asia. BioScience 67(11):995-1003. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix113 Highlighted by the Editor: https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix129
  • Blair ME, Le MD, Thạch HM, Panariello, A, Vũ, NB, Birchette, M, Sethi G, Sterling EJ. 2017. Applying systems thinking to inform studies of wildlife trade in primates. American Journal of Primatology 79(11): e22715. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.22715
  • Blair ME, Le MD, Sterling EJ. 2017. Multidisciplinary studies of wildlife trade in primates: Challenges and priorities. American Journal of Primatology 79(11): e22710. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22710
  • Sterling, E.J., E. Betley, A. Sigouin, A. Gomez, A. Toomey, A. Pekor, C. Malone, G. Cullman, F. Arengo, M. Blair, C. Filardi, K. Landrigan, and A.L. Porzecanski. 2017. Assessing the evidence for stakeholder engagement in biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation 209: 159-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.02.008
  • Phillips, S., Anderson, R.P., Dudik, M., Schapire, R., and M.E. Blair 2017. Opening the black box: an open-source release of Maxent.Ecography 40(7):887-893.
  • Chiou, K.L. and M.E. Blair. (Accepted) Modeling niches and mapping distributions: progress and promise of ecological niche models for primate research. In GPS and GIS for primatologists: A practical guide to spatial analysis (Eds. Shaffer, C.A., Dolins, F., Hickey, J.R., Nibbelink, N.P., and L. Porter). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK. (2017 Expected Publication)
  • Geller, GN, Halpin, PN, Helmuth, B, Hestir, EL, Skidmore, A, Abrams, MJ, Aguirre, N, Blair, M, Botha, E, Colloff, M, Dawson, T, Franklin, J, Horning, N, James, C, Magnusson, W, Santos, MJ, Schill, SR, and K Williams. 2016. Remote Sensing for Biodiversity. In Walters M and RJ Scholes, eds., Chapter 8 in The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp 187-210.
  • 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.

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