Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development


 To safeguard Earth’s biodiversity through the collaborative development and
wise application of scientific expertise and resources


 CCSD scientists host 5 REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) students

Joseph Smith is working with Leighton Reed, Maria Balderas with Ivan Jimenez, Claire Waldman with Matthew Albrecht, Elena Meyer with Christy Edwards, and Madalyn Stoecker with Ivan Jimenez.

News from the Conservation Genetics Lab

Alex Linan, Ph.D. student at St. Louis University and our Genetics Conservation lab, received the tropical Botany Award from the Garden Club of America. This award will help to fund field collections of undescribed members of the ebony and persimmon genus of Western Madagascar.

Joel Swift, lab technician since 2015, has been selected to receive a 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship. The stipend for 2017-18 is $34,000 per twelve month Fellowship year for 3 years. 

                            Alex on Mauritius                      Joel on a collecting trip in Missouri

New Fellows



We welcomed our first Philip and Sima K. Needleman Doctoral Fellow, Brigitte Williams, in August 2016. She started her first semester at St. Louis University (SLU). Brigitte will be co-advised by Dr. Allison Miller at SLU and Dr. Christine Edwards, PI at the Conservation Genetics lab at the Garden.



Claudia Aparicio is our first Davidson Christoph Master's Fellow. She studies at the University of Missouri St. Louis (UMSL) and is co-advised by Dr. Robert Ricklefs, Curator's Professor at UMSL, and Dr. Sebastian Tello, scientist at the Missouri Botanical Garden.