One of the most vexing challenges of the 21st century is curbing the loss of biodiversity. All too often disconnects between scientific disciplines, conservation institutions, and practical implementation hinder effective biodiversity conservation.
The ABS Program integrates biodiversity research and on-the-ground conservation, using three foundational pillars to support the program: 1) integrated research in social and biological sciences; 2) cross-disciplinary research and collaboration with conservation institutions and actors in the field; and 3) application of conservation theory to practice.
Research teams of faculty mentors and doctoral students, in collaboration with national and international partners, develop complementary research related to two research themes: A) Ecological Functions and Biodiversity; and B) Communities and Governance. The ABS Program trains scientists to consider not just ecological functions of local ecosystems, but also the activities, attitudes, and needs of surrounding communities, as well as wider social, economic, and political contexts.