For Release: January 25, 2010
Linda St. Thomas (202) 633-5188
John Gibbons (202) 633-5187
The Smithsonian has established a Conservation Biology Institute to serve as an umbrella for its global effort to conserve species and train future generations of conservationists. Headquartered in Front Royal, Virginia, the facility was previously known as the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center.
The SCBI will facilitate and promote research programs based at Front Royal, at the National Zoo in Washington and at field-research and training sites around the world. Its efforts will support one of the four main goals of the Smithsonian’s new strategic plan, which advances "understanding and sustaining a biodiverse planet."
"The new name will identify the Smithsonian’s conservation biology excellence more distinctly and place it purposefully and equally among the other areas of Smithsonian achievement," said Eva Pell, the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Science.
Conservation biology is a field of science based on the premise that the conservation of biological diversity is important and benefits current and future human societies. National Zoo scientists (among the pioneers in the field of conservation biology) have long been leaders in the study, management, protection and restoration of threatened species, ecological communities and ecosystems.The Institute consists of six centers:
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