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August 6, 2020

Dr. Alex Moore, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at the CBC, was featured in a Nature article on the trials of global research under the coronavirus. Learn more about Dr. Moore's research on mangrove restoration and mangrove biocultural knowledge

July 16, 2020

New Publication: Towards an equity competency model for sustainable food systems education programs

The CBC, in collaboration with other members of the Teaching Food Systems Community of Practice, recently published a paper aimed at increasing equity-related competencies in students of sustainable food systems education (SFSE) programs. We found that in the US and Canada, the vast majority of undergraduate and graduate programs do not explicitly including equity in their curricula. Our results show that it is unlikely that future professionals will have the capacity to help dismantle systemic inequities, and may result in the re-entrenchment of on-going forms of oppression. Our findings indicate a clear need for equity to be explicitly integrated in required courses in SFSE programs. Given this concerning gap, as a starting point we propose declarative and procedural elements of an equity competency model. It is our hope that our model will be shared, critiqued, adapted, and integrated into SFSE programs to support constructive alignment among learning outcomes, teaching and learning activities, and assessment strategies, within individual courses and across degree programs. 


June 30, 2020

Indicators of Well-being webinar series: Household and Community Food Sovereignty and Security

Word cloud from a presentation at the June biocultural webinar

The Indicators of Well-being webinars provide a virtual platform for learning and exchange among practitioners who are using place-based monitoring and reporting indicators on well-being that bridge social and ecological dimensions, nature and culture, people and place. In this highly interactive webinar, the CBC’s Biocultural Conservation Planning team focused on well-being in action as we shared and exchanged place-based examples and experiences with household and community food sovereignty and security. 

June 3, 2020

New Publication: Academic leaders must support inclusive scientific communities during COVID-19


The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation’s Dr. Alex Moore and Dr. Eleanor Sterling, together with a team of international scientists, call for a collective effort by the entire scientific community, especially those in leadership positions, to actively support the retention and diversity of early-career scientists during and after COVID-19.

In this Nature Ecology & Evolution article, the team of authors identify a set of key actions for scientific workplaces, communities, and broader policy to clearly show what can be done to support early-career scientists during and after the crisis. The authors also emphasize that overcoming the acute and long-term challenges of this pandemic calls for a strong international scientific community that understands that diversity and equity are key factors in promoting healthy, resilient ecosystems as the cornerstones of human health and well-being.

May 26, 2020

New Publication: Creating a space for place and multidimensional well-being: lessons learned from localizing the SDGs


CBC scientists published a new study in the journal Sustainability Science which examines the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the global blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all, and dimensions of well-being in the Pacific Islands.  The study team (a collaboration across 27 authors, including customary chiefs, ministry representatives, social and biological scientists, and sustainable development professionals) systematically compared the SDGs indicators with factors contributing to well-being in Pacific Islands to see how well the SDGs can inform sustainable development in this region.

Their research shows that there are overlaps, but also significant gaps. As a result, internationally generated indicators may result in misdiagnosis and design of on-the-ground interventions with unintended and negative outcomes, including natural resource degradation, displacement of communities, or loss of food security. The research has already had significant impact in modifying regional development strategies. To support policy makers, the CBC also launched a series of guides on culturally attuned metrics for countries reporting on sustainable development.

May 20, 2020

Screen view of the software program dotdotgoose

The latest version of DotDotGoose is now available! DotDotGoose is a free, open source counting tool developed by the CBC to assist with manually counting objects in images.

May 19, 2020

Cover page from the CBC Spring 2020 Progress Report

The Spring 2020 CBC Progress Report is now available for download. 

March 20, 2020

New Publication: Strengthen causal models for better conservation outcomes for human well-being

systematic map evidence base flow chart figure

Causal models are useful tools for understanding pathways from conservation actions to impacts on nature and people. In this PLOS ONE paper, the CBC’s Dr. Samantha Cheng and co-authors reviewed recent studies on links between nature-based conservation actions and human well-being impacts and found that causal models were not widely used and were rarely tested for validity with empirical data. This paper provides criteria for credible models and gives recommendations for promoting, using and reporting on causal models.

February 21, 2020

New Publication: Consumer impacts on ecosystem functions in coastal wetlands: The data gap

Wetlands grass surrounded by fencing

What are the impacts of consumers on coastal wetland ecosystems? In this Innovative Viewpoint, the CBC’s Dr. Alex Moore and AMNH Science Research Mentoring Program student mentees identify the current gaps in knowledge relating to ecosystem properties and functions and provide additional impetus for the study of community and ecosystem ecology within these globally important ecosystems. 

February 7, 2020

New Publication: Lessons in Conservation: Conservation and Technology

Cover of the LINC 10 journal issue with diver

NCEP’s open-access journal Lessons in Conservation has a new issue out! Technologies are changing the way conservation is practiced—and students should be familiar with technologies—not only how to use them, but also whetherwhen, and where to use them, and how to manage the massive amounts of data they produce. The "Conservation and Technology" issue features exercises that familiarize students with these challenges. In addition to manipulating and analyzing real data, the exercises allow students to reflect and think critically about the remarkable potential and realistic limitations of these technologies.