Biodiversity Exploration and Monitoring
CBC scientists have led pioneering expeditions and ongoing monitoring programs around the globe, including in Vietnam, the Bahamas, Bolivia, Cuba, the Solomon Islands, and Madagascar, and even New York City. We also “explore” the Museum’s collections, using specimens to study biodiversity.
Using remote sensing and statistical modeling techniques, we have developed approaches to address a broad range of pressing issues, including changing habitats, climate change impacts, and invasive species. Our research has led to the discovery of dozens of new species, provided a better understanding of ecological and evolutionary processes, and contributed to conservation planning, including the establishment, upgrade or extension of several protected areas.
The CBC and partners of the Grupo de Conservación Flamencos Altoandinos (GCFA) are carrying out research and conservation actions aimed at conserving the dynamic wetland complex that supports flamingos in South America.
Using data on black bear movement and human activities in the Western Great Basin, the CBC develops models to understand how black bears move between patches of suitable habitat in light of human-bear conflict.
The CBC develops, tests and implements a variety of open source software and hardware tools for monitoring landscapes to support effective conservation planning and action.
In a wide-ranging research and conservation program, the CBC works to uncover information about the endangered and threatened sea turtles of the Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge.
Due to its complex geological history, Southeast Asia is a hotspot for primate diversity. With a focus on Vietnam, the CBC seeks to understand how such high levels of diversity evolved in the region, and how best to conserve primate species into the future.