SESYNC graduate student workshop

Graduate student Miranda Bernard at a SESYNC workshop doing a group activity with three other student attendees

Graduate student Miranda Bernard attended the Graduate Student Workshop on Socio-Environmental Synthesis at the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) in Annapolis, MD this winter. The annual workshop is designed to facilitate collaboration between graduate students from around the world who are interested in interdisciplinary research projects. Activities included seminars on science communication, proposal writing, and data integration, as well as small break-out sessions.

Photocourtesy of Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath

Ecosystem Services and Key Biodiversity Areas

SNAPP working group gathered around tableThe Science for Nature and People Partnership(SNAPP) working group on Ecosystem Services and Key Biodiversity Areas, co-led by Penny Langhammer and  Leah Gerber of the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, hosted an international science workshop with the Canadian Council on Ecological Areas on November 7-10, 2017 in Quebec City, Canada.

The workshop brought together international and Canadian scientists, Canadian federal, provincial and territorial protected area and conservation agencies, experts in Aboriginal and community land-use planning, national and international non-governmental conservation experts and land stewardship experts.

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Marine reserves connectivity and global warming

Rocky Reefs in the Midriff Island Region, Gulf of California, Mexico by Octavio Aburto.ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber and Faculty Associate Maria del Mar Mancha-Cisneros recently co-authored a publication led by Jorge Alvarez Romero and other conservation scientists around the world titled “Designing connected marine reserves in the face of global warming.”

Larval connectivity between marine reserves is instrumental in providing a healthy network of habitats for some of the world’s most protected species — including fish, which is the most traded food commodity in the world and primary source of income for fishing communities.

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Congratulations, Mar Mancha!

Mar Mancha and Leah Gerber stand next to each other with graduation attire On December 11, 2017, Maria del Mar Mancha Cisneros graduated from the ASU School of Life Science’s Environmental Life Sciences PhD program.

Her doctoral research focuses in the use of fisheries management tools such as marine reserves (including their design and management) while incorporating institutional and governance considerations. She has done extensive research work using the Gulf of California (GOC), Mexico, as a study area. She is interested in the use of both quantitative and qualitative methods to unpack the social, economic, institutional, and ecological factors that are relevant for understanding the particular biophysical and socioeconomic contexts under which marine reserves are likely to be accepted by the community and thus effective at achieving their objectives.

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New publications shed light on translational ecology

Two birds flying closely over sea water surfaceASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber co-authored two publications in the December 2017 issue of Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment aimed at cultivating a scientific community engaged in translational ecology. That is, as the authors define it, “a research approach that yields useful scientific outcomes through ongoing collaboration between scientists and stakeholders.”

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New class, Biodiversity Conservation in Practice

Close up of green leafIn partnership with Conservation International, the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is excited to launch a new class in spring 2018 targeted to undergraduate and graduate students titled “Biodiversity Conservation in Practice.

The course will be taught by the ASU-Conservation International Professors or Practiceand is designed for students interested in exploring practical applications of biodiversity conservation. By learning directly from global conservation field practitioners, students will gain a better understanding on the link between academia and practice.

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New certificate, Environmental Communication and Leadership

Illustration of four small trees on a hill by pondThe ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes recently launched a new graduate certificate titled “Environmental Communication and Leadership” to help conservation students develop important leadership and communication skills needed to increase their influence and reach above and beyond academia.

The certificate is designed to train students in environmental disciplines how to go beyond scientific journal publications to communicate relevant discoveries to society, including the press, the public, policy makers and other key stakeholders.

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The effect of conservation spending

Two piles of coins with plant sprouts at the topLeah Gerber, Founding Director of the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, recently co-authored a publication with Hugh Possingham, Chief Scientist for The Nature Conservancy, in News and Views titled “The effect of conservation spending.”

Gerber and Possingham discuss a statistical analysis published earlier this year by Waldron et al, explaining how this model “demonstrates a statistically significant, positive correlation between how much a country invests in the protection of threatened species and its success in limiting biodiversity declines.”

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Advancing global corporate biodiversity

View of Zocalo Plaza in Mexico D.F. Last week, Founding Director Leah Gerberrepresented the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes at the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD) 2017 Council Meeting in Mexico City as part of our knowledge partnership.

With representatives from YaleMonterrey TechEnvironmental Resources Management and Solvay, Gerber participated in a panel cultivating talent and leadership between academic and industry sectors. There was tremendous enthusiasm among the approximately 50 participants, who have aspirations for collaborative online learning platforms.

post-event website was created by WBCSD including videos and program updates.