Biodiversity is the foundation for our economy and wellbeing.

Our work includes biodiversity and public health, business practices and economic development, policy and governance, climate change and adaptation, food systems, social and behavioral change and risk assessment.

We produce insights that transform the way the world values, manages and thinks about biodiversity. By bringing together producers of knowledge with consumers of knowledge, we enable research leading to use-inspired solutions.

We continuously evaluate and adapt ourselves to improve the efficacy and application of our actionable science model, serving as a scalable model that other organizations can tailor and implement around the world. We adopt a strategic and nimble approach to co-produce our research agenda, based on knowledge demands from our partners.


Intended outcomes

We work to center the conservation of biodiversity in individual, social and institutional decisions, as the persistence of biodiversity is vital to planetary prosperity and essential to helping communities adapt to a changing environment. Our work pursues solutions that governments, communities, and the private sector can use to make science-based informed decisions that balance environmental and social goals. We embrace multi-disciplinary approaches that assess how decisions impact biodiversity and how investment in and action toward conservation can support biodiversity goals. Our work empowers stakeholders to engage in informed action, based on the knowledge that shared challenges are best solved when communities work together. Our current strategic priority areas are:


Center biodiversity in decision making.

Achieved by transforming conservation investment, risk assessment, and sustainable practices into effective and transparent processes.


Train the new biodiversity generation.

Achieved by training diverse and underrepresented students, facilitating experiential career advancement opportunities, and identifying and closing gaps in the curriculum – specifically in strategic leadership and environmental communication.


Establish a replicable model for effective conservation action.

Achieved by working with diverse stakeholders to understand the strategies and organizational structures that best translate to actionable science and successful biodiversity outcomes in many contexts.

How we work

Our research priority areas are interconnected and synergistic. We pursue projects to improve the link between data and decisions in conservation science and practice. We collaborate with decision-makers to understand their data needs and support them in harnessing relevant data. Our approach embraces key elements of structured decision-making.

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Objective

We access the biodiversity goals a project aims to achieve.


Update

We update the approach as we learn.


Alternatives

We draw on knowledge of partnerships to identify potential solutions.


Solutions

We use decision tools to identify the best solution.


Evidence

We use evidence synthesis to identify how solutions support objectives.


Consequences

We study outcomes of implemented solutions in relation to objectives.

To achieve the objectives we continually consider how our research approach and activities work to achieve our goals. First, we work with partners to identify conservation decision needs and possible solutions. We then use data and evidence synthesis to identify the possible outcomes of alternative solutions. Finally, we work with partners to study how implementing solutions affect biodiversity outcomes, and in doing so build our knowledge base about what works in conservation.

Our research approach focuses on three intertwined and overlapping areas:

Evidence, metrics and monitoring

Generating empirical support for measuring impact and evaluating outcomes, training and capacity building for what evidence is and how to use it.

Decision science and data tools

Creating tools to support evidence-based decisions, working with decision-makers on defining needs for knowledge and decision-making structures (e.g. engaging with businesses) and research on how to translate knowledge into action.

Stakeholder engagement

Connecting students and faculty with strategic partners, decision-makers and practitioners.

Examples of biodiversity outcomes

The following graph illustrates how we apply structured decision-making to achieve examples of outcomes in biodiversity conservation.


We study ourselves

As we implement this actionable science model, we continuously evaluate and adapt ourselves to improve our approach, increase its success rate and serve as a scalable model that other institutions can apply across the globe.