Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development


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


Matthew Albrecht and Quinn Long, Conservation Ecologists at CCSD, received a $150.000 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant for ecological restoration projects with the Shaw Nature Reserve.  

Adam Smith, Global Change Ecologist, was interviewed by Gabe Popkin, an independent reporter. This article has been published on Inside Science November 3, 2016.

Christy Edwards, Conservation Geneticist, spoke with Ira Flatow on NPR’s Science Friday. Here you can listen to the interview.

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. Bob Ricklefs, Curator's Professor at UMSL, and Dr. Sebastian Tello, scientist at the Missouri Botanical Garden.