Conservation International and Arizona State University are launching a landmark partnership to protect nature, promote sustainable development models and train the next generation of conservation leaders.
M. Sanjayan, Conservation International's CEO, on why we're thrilled about this new partnership with the country's most innovative university.
Over the next five years, Conservation International and ASU will combine institutional strengths to focus on achieving the following goals:
Train the next generation of conservation leaders
Protect 1 million hectares of essential natural capital vital to human well-being
Transition 100 million food producers to sustainable production
Through this partnership, Conservation International provides ASU with opportunities to translate research into action to produce real-world conservation solutions. ASU provides Conservation International with a wealth of research capacity and the opportunity to interact with, train and influence young leaders in conservation.
All too often, a lack of collaboration between researchers and practitioners results in the valuable research from world-renowned academic institutions not informing work in the field. This “research-action” gap presents a missed opportunity to not only maximize the collective brainpower tackling critical conservation issues, but to enhance our understanding around the effectiveness of conservation practices. What is working, what isn’t and how we can realize the transformative conservation impacts we aim to achieve? Together, Conservation International and ASU are positioned to address these questions.
ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
ASU and Conservation International will select six professors of practice who will bring applied conservation expertise from Conservation International into ASU's world-class university system, providing a platform for collaborative applied research and inquiry between the two institutions. Each professor of practice will conduct research focused on shared interest areas and teach and mentor the next generation of conservation leaders.
Professors of practice
Senior Wildlife Conservation Scientist, Moore Center for Science
Dr. Jorge A. Ahumada's work with Conservation International features the use of camera traps and the Wildlife Picture Index to monitor vertebrates. He is interested in applying mathematical models to solve applied conservation problems through projects that vary from studying the impacts of climate change on disease and biodiversity to incorporating the effects of temperature and rainfall on models of disease-transmitting carriers.
Senior Director, Assessing Nature's Value, Moore Center for Science
Dr. Miroslav Honzák’s research focuses on complex systems analysis of ecosystem services trade-offs and tipping points. Miroslav develops strategic partnerships with leading international conservation and development institutions, academia, government agencies and businesses, and facilitates dissemination of research findings.
Development & Partnership Director
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