The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History transforms knowledge into conservation action by leading pioneering applied research, developing capacity for conservation, and convening and connecting actors for collaboration that supports environmental and natural resource management.
We are the first affiliated center with the Collaboration for Environmental Evidence (CEE) in the United States (CEE-US). We are an organizing hub for evidence synthesis efforts in the region, linking together scientists, practitioners, policymakers, local community leaders, and educators across these sectors to generate, assess, and use evidence for different needs. We strive to help organizations assess their needs for evidence, assess existing knowledge, and apply evidence to decisions.
We conduct evidence syntheses to support robust practice and policy development with a wide range of partners across the conservation sector. We follow robust guidelines to produce transparent and reproducible syntheses—offering a reliable and credible source of evidence.
We have wide-ranging topical expertise including in the biological, ecological, and social sciences—as well significant experience in using systems approaches.
We aim to build and provide tools for conducting evidence syntheses—from contributing to guidelines and resources with the wider CEE Network, to hosting open access software platforms such as Colandr and the Evidence for Nature and People Data Portal. In particular, we focus on:
- Improving the efficiency of the evidence synthesis process, and
- Creating intuitive and interactive evidence resources for communication and outreach.