In November 2010, the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation will host SCCS-NY, the Student Conference on Conservation Science in New York City. Designed for graduate students, recent post-doctoral fellows, and early-career professionals, the conference specifically targets those pursuing or considering a profession in conservation science.
This conference is a unique opportunity for those beginning their careers to present their work before established leaders in science, policy, and management. In addition to formal presentations, there will be numerous opportunities to interact with established conservation professionals at workshops, informal gatherings, and networking events.
SCCS-NY is sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, in collaboration with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Fordham University, the Mason Center for Conservation Studies, Princeton University, the Richard Gilder Graduate School (AMNH), SCCS-Cambridge, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, and Wildlife Trust.
SCCS-NY is a sister conference to the highly successful SCCS-Cambridge, begun in 2000 by the University of Cambridge, and the newly developed SCCS-Bangalore.
Sir Peter Crane, Ph.D. - Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
James Gibbs, Ph.D. – Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York
Joshua Ginsberg, Ph.D. - Senior Vice President, Global Conservation Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York
Andrés Gómez, D.V.M., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
Martha Groom, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies, University of Washington Bothell & Seattle, Washington
MENTORING TASKFORCE Dozens of conservation professionals will be on hand during the conference to provide personalized feedback, lead workshops, host working lunches, and offer networking ideas. (See the website for a list of confirmed participants.)
WORKSHOPS A series of workshops will be offered by experts working in diverse aspects of conservation science and education. Topics will include: 1) Ecological risk analysis for conservation biology 2) Conservation Action Planning: developing conservation strategies for applied conservation projects 3) Advances in monitoring and quantitative ecology in conservation science 4) Expanding your teaching toolbox: an introduction to active and scientific teaching approaches 5) Modeling ecological niches and geographic distributions: what, why and how?"
WHO SHOULD APPLY Those wishing to participate in SCCS-NY should have completed, or be conducting a research project in any conservation-related course of study within the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Selection for participation will be based on the quality of one’s application as well as its relevance to conservation. Applications are encouraged from the following:
Graduate Students Recent Post-Doctoral Fellows Early-Career Professionals Undergraduates (research project must be of thesis-level quality)