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

Hans Rajaonera
Communications and Education Officer,
Madagascar Program

James Aronson, Ph.D.
Restoration Ecologist

Leighton Reid, Ph.D.
Restoration Ecologist
Burgund Bassüner, Ph.D.
Science Specialist

Camilo Sanin, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
Indiana Coronado
Research Fellow

Adam Smith, Ph.D.
Global Change Ecologist
Christine Edwards, Ph.D.
Conservation Geneticist

Joel Swift
Lab Technician
Alan Graham, Ph.D.

Sebastián Tello, Ph.D.
Assistant Scientist

Iván Jiménez, Ph.D.
Associate Scientist

Bladimir Terán
Environmental Specialist,
Bolivia Program

Quinn Long, Ph.D.
Conservation Ecologist 

Dawn Trog
Senior Administrative Assistant

Allison Miller, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Rodolfo Vásquez
Manager, Peru Program

Olga Martha Montiel

Amy Zanne, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Oyomoare Osazuwa-Peters, Ph.D.
Post Doctoral Fellow
New Books from Peru and Bolivia

CCSD scientists and Peruvian collaborators have published an illustrated, bilingual manual of the 332 tree species known thus far from the Historical Sanctuary of Machu Picchu (Árboles de MachuPicchu, Cusco – Perú). The introduction discusses the history, geography, climate, soils, topography and hydrography, and life zones of the Sanctuary as well as the species protected, threats to the area, and conservation goals. The remainder of the volume provides accounts of each species of tree, with color illustrations of foliage and flowers and/or fruits to aid in identification. Dr. Christopher Davidson and Ms. Sharon Christoph supported this work, with additional support from the Red Amázonica de Inventarios Forestales (RAINFOR).

MBG Curator and CCSD staff member Steven Churchill and his collaborator Eliana Calzadilla of the Museo de Historia Natural Noel Kempff Mercado in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, recently published an illustrated glossary of Neotropical mosses (Glosario ilustrado para musgos neotropicales), an important contribution to understanding and conserving the plants of the New World. The National Science Foundation supported preparation and publication of the volume.