Refined range mapping for improved ESA implementation

Understanding where species are found is a critical component of avoiding and minimizing the impacts of our actions on imperiled species. Here I describe an ongoing project focused on improving range maps for ESA-listed species, and relevance to ESA …

Introduction to the ESA

The Endangered Species Act is widely considered the strongest law in the world for protecting imperiled species. We will discuss the ESA at length, with a particular focus on implementation.

Conservation at the Intersection of Science, Technology, and Policy

The Center for Conservation Innovation was established in Defenders of Wildlife in early 2017 in recognition of the need to have a team focused on science, technology, and policy to advance conservation. We were born out of the Endangered Species …

SciArt for Environmental Conservation at the National Academy of Sciences

Can art promote environmental conservation? Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) explores intersections of science and art (sciart) through exhibitions and public programs, including the popular D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) discussion forum series. ...

Quantifying threats to improve species recovery

Understanding the temporal variation of threats that cause species endangerment is key to development of conservation strategies to improve species recovery. ...

Panel Discussion on Interdisciplinary Pathways

Panelists Dr. Jennie Miller, Dr. Jonathan Kramer, Dr. Rebeca Lave and Dr. Rita Mesquita will discuss how to bridge diverse perspectives across disciplines and how their career pathways have benefited from synthesizing methods, frameworks and …

Conservation innovation with the Department of Defense

Department of Defense lands are essential to species listed under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Along with panelists from the federal government, state governments, private industry, I discuss how Defenders is partnering with DOD for conservation.

Improving the quantitative analysis of data related to recovery programs

Recovery is a key goal of the Endangered Species Act, yet relatively little is known about the status of recovery planning. Here, we report on the completeness, age, and other vital statistics about ESA recovery plans, as well as ways to advance …

Carnivore conservation needs evidence-based livestock protection

Carnivore predation on livestock often leads people to retaliate. Persecution by humans has contributed strongly to global endangerment of carnivores. Preventing livestock losses would help to achieve three goals common to many human societies: preserve nature, protect animal welfare and safeguard human livelihoods. With public interest in carnivore conservation rising, many non-lethal interventions have been implemented. Between 2016-2018, four independent reviews synthesized 40 years of research on the effectiveness of lethal and non-lethal interventions for reducing predation on livestock. From 114 studies, the reviews arrived at strikingly similar conclusions: scarce quantitative comparisons of interventions and scarce comparisons against experimental controls preclude strong inference about the effectiveness of methods. If policy is meant to regulate the use of public resources invested in protecting livestock and carnivores, then evidence of effectiveness should be a prerequisite to, or at a minimum measured during, policy-making or large-scale funding or implementation of an unproven method.

Conservation workflows in Earth Engine

Interested in using Earth Engine for conservation work? This is the session for you. Dave Thau will give a quick overview of conservation-related efforts and datasets in Earth Engine. We'll have summit participants from Conservation International, Defenders of Wildlife, UNEP-WCMC, and World Wildlife Fund present the work they've been doing with Earth Engine. And we'll have plenty of time to discuss other Earth Engine applications in conservation, and to brainstorm about useful datasets and algorithms.