Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development


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


New at CCSD


Brad Delfeld joined the CCSD team as Research Specialist. Prior to joining CCSD, Brad was a graduate student at SIU-Carbondale where he studied plant-soil feedbacks and restoration ecology. Brad will be working with us on our IMLS funded woodland restoration project at the Shaw Nature Reserve and our Living Earth Collaborative sponsored project in collaboration with Scott Mangan (Washington University) and Claudia Stein (University of Alabama-Montgomery).

Visit in South Korea


Korea Workshop_ed

Drs. Matthew Albrecht (CCSD) and Joyce Maschinski (Vice President Conservation, Center for Plant Conservation and San Diego Zoo Global) led a three-day workshop on Rare Plant Reintroduction from September 5-7, 2018, at the Shingu Botanic Garden (Seongnam, South Korea). The workshop was based on the Center for Plant Conservation’s Reintroduction Guidelines, which Dr. Albrecht co-authored (link here if possible: The workshop, sponsored by the Korea National Arboretum and the IUCN Korean Plant Specialist Group, was attended by over 80 students and conservation professionals from botanic gardens, government agencies, and conservation organizations.

Cities as "arks" for biodiversity


Adam Smith, our Global Change ecologist, was interviewed by a reporter for an article on using cities as “arks” for biodiversity.  

New CCSD member

In September, we welcomed a new CCSD member - Stephen Murphy. He works with Adam Smith and Kelley Erickson on a project funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services to develop and test methods for using erstwhile "unusable" herbarium records for biogeographic analysis.  Stephen graduated very recently from Ohio State University. 

Stephen Murphy 
Grand from National Geographic

Ivan Jimenez received a grant from National Geographic to support a study of how species of Espeletia, a genus endemic to the northern Andes, respond to global change. An interesting aspect of this project is that it uses anthropogenic impacts to the conservation of high elevation environments. Ivan and his collaborators, César A. Marín, from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis and Carlos Arturo Lora, from Parques Nacionales Naturales de Colombia will use satellite data and field observations to conduct the study.

 Grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC)

CCSD’s conservation genetics lab got funding approved for a new project with the title
“The effect of genetic diversity on fecundity in Mead’s milkweed (Asclepias meadii)”.
Christy Edwards and Matthew Albrecht are leading the project in collaboration with the Mead’s milkweed recovery team including MDC Resource Science Division, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS), Missouri Department of Natural Resources, United States Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, and Missouri Prairie Foundation, Kansas Biological Survey, Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Illinois Natural History Survey, and other agency biologists that manage Mead’s milkweed populations. A technician will be hired at the beginning of 2018 to manage the elaborative field work and genetic analysis of the plants.