About CCSD
Guiding Principles

The Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development (CCSD) explores and implements new, science-based approaches to the conservation and sustainable use of plant diversity. CCSD’s strategies for conservation are based on a sound, scientific understanding of the occurrence, distribution, and ecology of plants.


CCSD is committed to the following principles:

  • Pursuit both of research in biodiversity and conservation and of conservation action
  • A focus on geographical areas where conservation need is urgent and the Missouri Botanical Garden has both expertise and a depth of  experience 
  • A commitment to continually strengthen training and exchange of knowledge with people in these priority geographical areas so that they have the tools to contribute toward building a sustainable future 
  • An emphasis on collaborative and participatory conservation



  1. Advance biodiversity and conservation research to provide a sound basis for    formulating conservation strategies and practical solutions and for advocating for these strategies
  2. Continue to apply the outcomes of research in biodiversity science and conservation biology to conserve rare and endangered plant species and their habitats and to engage St. Louis area residents with plant conservation 
  3. Further develop community programs aimed at conservation and sustainable management of natural resources and improved well-being of community residents
  4. Expand capacity building programs aimed at developing abilities to implement conservation
  5. Strengthen, and continue to build, partnerships with public and private sector organizations and agencies to foster conservation, and continue to participate in and promote the international conservation endeavor


The work of CCSD is made possible through the very generous
support of the Bellwether Foundation, private donors, and other funding organizations.


Matthew Albrecht, Ph.D.
Conservation Ecologist
Allison Miller, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Barbara Alongi
Senior Administrative Assistant
Olga Martha Montiel
James Aronson, Ph.D.
Restoration Ecologist
Stephen Murphy
Post Doc
Global Change Ecology 
Burgund Bassüner, Ph.D.
Science Specialist
Hans Rajaonera
Communications and Education Officer,
Madagascar Program
Indiana Coronado
Research Fellow
Leighton Reid, Ph.D.
Restoration Ecologist 
Brad Delfeld
Research Specialist
Shannon Skarha
Lab Technician 
Noah Dell
Science Specialist
Conservation Ecology
Adam Smith, Ph.D.
Global Change Ecologist
Christine Edwards, Ph.D.
Conservation Geneticist
Sebastián Tello, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist
Kelley Erickson
Post Doc
Global Change Ecology
Bladimir Terán 
Environmental Specialist,
Bolivia Program
Alan Graham, Ph.D.
Rodolfo Vásquez
Manager, Peru Program
Iván Jiménez, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist
Amy Zanne, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Alex Linan, Ph.D.
Post Doc
Madidi Project