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Partnering to save our world

Biodiversity News

April 12, 2019

Dr. Farrell giving talkProtecting the planet isn’t easy. Proposed solutions are as bountiful and diverse as the problems they seek to address, ranging from expensive technological solutions like CO2 capture to small, behavioral changes like eating less meat.

As the largest public university in the country, Arizona State University is not short on ideas – but recognizes the need for collaboration to drive new research and innovation.

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Honor students, conservation thesis defenses

Biodiversity News

April 10, 2019

ASU forks up A mountain hand with white paintThe ASU Conservation Innovation Lab is proud to present thesis defenses for three of its honor students.

CIL is a partner initiative of the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes.

CIL is formed by an interdisciplinary and collegial group of ecologists, mathematicians, economists, geographers and conservation scientists who share a motivation to do research that has impact in the real world.

Some of the ASU-Conservation International professors of practice serve as mentors to CIL students, taking active roles in their committees as part of the ASU-CI partnership.

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Now hiring! Project manager

Biodiversity News

April 9, 2019

Hand drawing with marker the following words on a transparent board: Project manager, plan, do check, actThe ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is currently hiring a new project manager.

This person will be in charge of developing and implementing projects within various partnerships, prioritizing business development and biodiversity in business projects.

To learn more about this position and apply, please visit the ASU employment website (job ID 0829BR).

The application deadline is Monday, April 22, 2019.

Fulbright scholar to spend semester studying urban climate effects in Greece

ASU Wrigley Institute News Biodiversity News

April 9, 2019

Matei GeorgescuFor most people, the thought of Greece may elicit images of sandy beaches and beautiful buildings cascading toward the shore, but for Senior Sustainability Scientist Matei Georgescu, Greece means the opportunity to expand his research into the effects urbanization has on climate. To help him accomplish this, Georgescu has been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Scholar Grant.

“A key objective of my Fulbright Award is focused on development of high-resolution data of climate output illustrating the magnitude of future extreme heat events for all of Greece,” said Georgescu, an associate professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and affiliated faculty in Arizona State University's Center for Biodiversity Outcomes.

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Recreational fisheries need new management, says sustainability scientist

ASU Wrigley Institute News Biodiversity News

March 19, 2019

man stands at the back of a fishing boatSenior Sustainability Scientist Joshua Abbott is a principal author of a new opinion paper in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences titled “Governing the recreational dimension of global fisheries.” Abbott is an associate professor in Arizona State University's School of Sustainability and an affiliated faculty in the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes.

The paper discusses the importance of recreational fisheries and the need to improve their management and their inclusion in fisheries policymaking. “Recreational fisheries deserve to be considered on equal footing with commercial fisheries, particularly in mixed coastal fisheries,” the authors argue.

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ASU-STRI call for grant proposals

Biodiversity News

March 11, 2019

White orchids known as holy spirit which are Panama's national flowerThe ASU-Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is excited to announce its spring 2019 call for grant proposals.

There are two research foci: (1) Resilience, adaptive evolution and the effects of changing environments on plant, animal and microbial phenotypes, and community and ecosystem functions. (2) Integrating biological data with socio-economic models to sustain biodiversity during climate change and human development.

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Collaborative conservation - A talk with Dr. Tracy Farrell

Biodiversity News

March 7, 2019

Headshot of Tracy FarrellThe ASU Center for Sustainable Tourism of the School of Community Resources and Development and the Center for Biodiversity Outcomes will be hosting a public talk with Dr. Tracy A. Farrell to explore the impact conservation partnerships between NGOs and universities have on achieving positive conservation outcomes.

Farrell is the VP of strategies and fundraising for Conservation Internationa's Asia Pacific Division.

The talk, titled "Collaborative conservation: Weaving universities and non-profits together in the fight to save our planet," is part of the ASU-CI partnership.

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Welcome Susanne Hinrichs, new CBO administrative assistant

Biodiversity News

March 7, 2019

Susanne_Hinrichs_headshotThe ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes team is excited to welcome our new administrative assistant, Susanne Hinrichs.

Susanne has a professional background in ecology, evolutionary biology and music, receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2006 from The University of Arizona.

Prior to working at CBO, Susanne worked as a research assistant for both Arizona State University and The University of Arizona. She also taught private music instruction in Phoenix for several years out of college.

Susanne will be assisting with managing daily operations of the center, including scheduling and events. She can be reached at susanne.hinrichs@asu.edu.

Welcome Susanne!

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Board Letter Thought Leader Series ASU Wrigley Institute News Biodiversity News

February 28, 2019

Jack KittingerA Thought Leader Series Piece

by Jack Kittinger

We know the challenges we face in conservation. Conservation is about human security — it's about people, communities, families — our children. Globally, we continue to neglect how important nature is to our survival and ability to thrive.

Even as our most pressing environmental problems multiply, our resources to combat them don't keep pace. We strive. We come up short. It's easy to look at the global scale of the challenges we face and feel overwhelmed — to want to give up.

But we don't and we can't.

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Wildlife corridors in the urban desert

Biodiversity News

February 18, 2019

View of Anita Hagy Ferguson's face with water pond on the backgroundOn February 27, 2019, former ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Postdoctoral Research Associate and Project Manager Anita Hagy Ferguson will be delivering a talk on the topic of wildlife corridors in the urban desert.

During this talk, Ferguson will address the importance of biological corridors, urban open spaces and collaborative regional planning to protect one of the most bio-diverse deserts in the world -- the Sonoran desert.

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Preserving nature on a tight budget

Biodiversity News

February 12, 2019

Northern Spotted Owl sitting on tree branchASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Founding Director Leah Gerber’s work was highlighted in a recent The Economist article titled, “How to preserve nature on a tight budget: Saving species cheaply and effectively.”

Gerber's proposal on streamlining budgets for protection of  endangered species would allow an increase in the number and variety of species that are actually preserved if funds are allocated differently.

As stated in the article, “[Gerber] found that 139 of the 1,124 plants and animals with federal recovery plans in place got more than their fair share of public resources, as defined by USFWS recommendations. The surplus totalled $150m a year, more than a quarter of spending in the area. Re-allocated, this could bring nearly 900 currently underfunded plans up to budget.”

Click here to read the full article.

Natural Capital Protocol for the Oceans Workshop

Biodiversity News

January 23, 2019

Look from below at closing ocean wave with sun in the backgroundThe ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is partnering with the Natural Capital CoalitionConservation International, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales to develop a Natural Capital Protocol for the Oceans.

The Natural Capital Protocol for the Oceans will be a framework to help businesses answer questions such as: How does your business depend upon ocean resources? How is this ocean natural capital changing and what risks and opportunities does this present? Which resources, information or expertise do you need?

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Conservation through conversation

Biodiversity News

January 22, 2019

Indigenous woman smiles with long hair, red face paint and feathers crownWritten by Katie Surrey-Bergman

Three thousand miles by plane, two and a half hours by car over the high-altitude mountain ranges of Quito, an additional six and half more hours down the Amazon river by single-motor boat and we arrive at the tiny village of Gomatan, set between the riverside and the jungle which would be our home for three days.

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Graduate Hydrosystems Seminar

Biodiversity News

January 14, 2019

Headshot of DanicaASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes Postdoctoral Research Associate Danica Schaffer-Smith will present a talk entitled “Risks and opportunities: can we improve water quality and reduce catastrophic flooding in the Cape Fear River Watershed, North Carolina under ongoing climate change?” as part of the CEE 591: Graduate Hydrosystems Seminar.

Danica is a current NatureNet Science Fellow examining the use of nature-based strategies to address nutrient pollution and flooding in Eastern North Carolina using remote sensing and watershed modelling methods, in collaboration with the Nature Conservancy North Carolina.

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Invisible Wild

Biodiversity News

January 14, 2019

Presenter hugging dogA significant proportion of the Earth’s biodiversity has been erased, not from the world, but from our collective depiction of nature.

Join us this Thursday, January 17, 2019, from 1-2 p.m. for a brown-bag lunch talk on compassionate conservation.

The talk will take place in ASU Tempe campus, Life Sciences-E Wing, Room 244.

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Now hiring! Administrative assistant

Biodiversity News

December 19, 2018

Close view of Sonora Desert vegetation with sprouted flowersThe Arizona State University Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is currently hiring a new administrative assistant to support the daily operations of the center.

The perfect candidate must possess knowledge of standard office policies and procedures, be a great communicator, be organized and detail oriented. A love of biodiversity conservation is always a plus!

If you think this job is for you or someone you know, click here to learn more and apply.

Natural Capital Protocol for the Ocean Workshop

Biodiversity News

December 6, 2018

Close up of ocean water surface with sunset in the backgroundOn Friday, December 7, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST in Washington, D.C., the ASU Center for Biodiversity Outcomes will join other organizations in discussing how businesses depend upon ocean resources as part of the Natural Capital Protocol for the Ocean.

The Natural Capital Protocol for the Ocean will be a framework to help businesses answer questions related to both risks and opportunities.

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