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Measuring and optimizing conservation effectiveness

We are using diverse methods to quantify how well species are protected in situ and ex situ, and how we can improve on our current conservation.


We are working to develop a set of methods to better optimize conservation actions.  We are interested in in situ actions such as protected area coverage, and ex situ actions such as conserving seeds in seed banks.  In addition to working on particular species (see other projects), here we are working on large scale analyses across entire genera to determine where species are sufficiently conserved and how we can better use our conservation resources.  This project integrates GIS tools, large biodiversity datasets, demographic and genetic models, and computer programming.

Funding sources

IMLS National Leadership grant, The Morton Arboretum

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