CBO embarks on educational partnership in Hawaii

The Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is supporting exploration of a partnership with the Whale Trust, and Lahainaluna High School (LHS), in Lahaina, HI

Lear Gerber and Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia  get close to whales
Lear Gerber and Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia

Recently CBO director, Leah Gerber and PhD student Yaiyr Astudillo-Scalia (SOLS) spearheaded an initiative to integrate the research efforts of local NGO, Whale Trust with STEM education and outreach facilitated by LHS and ASU. Given CBO’s goal to engage underserved youth in STEM, the proposed partnership would represent an important opportunity for Lahaina students. A partnership among these three institutions is a next step to help accomplish CBO’s vision, Whale Trust’s outreach mission, and LHS’s STEM education goals, while also supporting research of ASU graduate students.

Summer Jobs at Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program

The Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at University of Washington is looking for some amazing talent to teach and mentor their Conservation Scholars this summer. Please see the three job announcements attached. The program is focused on training the next generation of conservation leaders. Their vision is a diverse and inclusive conservation community.

In particular, DDCSP is looking for candidates that will resinate with the diversity represented in their scholars.

Job Descriptions:

DDCSP Instructional position 2015 DDCSP TA Position 2015 DDCSP 1-week Instructor Postition2015

DDCSP TA Position 2015

DDCSP 1-week Instructor Postition2015

Explore Careers in Wildlife Management at AZGF

Space is still available; pre-registration is required at

Do you know someone who is interested in a career in wildlife conservation and management?

If so, encourage them to attend the Arizona Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Management Career Exploration Panel being held in north Phoenix from 9 a.m. until noon this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015. The event, which is geared toward high school and undergraduate college students, is free, but pre-registration is required to attend. More specific information will be sent to participants after they register.

Participants will have the opportunity to hear from a panel of current Game and Fish employees who will provide an overview of their responsibilities, job activities, and their background experience. These panelists will include:

  • A wildlife manager (game ranger)
  • A wildlife biologist
  • A wildlife health specialist/veterinarian
  • A wildlife education specialist

The panel presentations will be followed by a short question-and-answer session with all panelists along with an opportunity to meet the individual panelists to ask more specific questions. Representatives from local colleges and wildlife non-profit organizations will also be available to showcase educational and volunteer opportunities.

Children younger than 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult.

Remember, space is limited, and pre-registration is required in order to attend the event. To register, click here.

Can’t make the event but still want to view it? You can sign up to receive information about a webcast of the event by clicking here.

If you have questions, contact Mike Demlong at or Eric Proctor

McDowell Sonoran Conservancy opening for Field Institute Director

The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy (MSC) has created a new position of Director of the McDowell Sonoran Field Institute, the organization’s research arm. This is a unique position in that MSC leads the country in managing urban/preserve interface (30,000 acres) and in the citizen science research MSC does to inform preserve management.

Click HERE to find out more



Andrew Smith’s Pika research featured in Scientific American

“Here’s why mass-poisoning pikas is a terrible idea (and not just because look at their fat little faces)”


Science writer Bec Crew blogs in Scientific American about the impacts of pika poisoning on Qinhai-Tibetan plateau.

Crew cites CBO Advisory Board member, Andrew Smith and doctoral student Maxwell Wilson’s important studies on pika published recently in the journal Ambio.