Science to support conservation:
Our mission is to combine innovative scientific research, education, and technical support to inform, enhance and inspire conservation. Our goal is a rich and enduring biological heritage.
About PBIWe believe that knowledge, combined with passion, changes the game. Our conservation science fills critical knowledge gaps, and has made a significant difference in the protection and management of forests, rivers, deserts, wetlands, and imperiled wildlife species. We accomplish our mission through:
- Conservation partnerships
- Assessment of conservation opportunities
- Conservation science education (including public talks, internet resources and conservation science internships).
- Field studies and landscape analysis
- Sharing our expertise in ecology, botany, wildlife biology, and complex spatial analysis.
From the blog
Keep up to date on PBI activities, events, and progress.
Our 4th Conservation Cafe featured our very own executive director, Phoebe Barnard. She talked about her trip with Homeward Bound, on the largest women’s expedition to Antarctica to date. The frozen, but quickly melting world of the Antarctic, is beautiful, wild, and exotic. We viewed photos of penguins, seals, the strong women leaders of Homeward … Read More
We introduced PBI’s new executive director, Dr Phoebe Barnard, earlier this year. But we’d like to invite you to get to know Phoebe better, in her conversation below with one of our fantastic board members, writer and citizen scientist Jan Hersey. Where did you grow up? What first tickled your interest in the environment? I … Read More
Passionate PBI staff biologist Lucila Castro invited us into her team’s remarkable world in beautiful and alluring Argentina’s La Rioja province, where they are supporting the formation of Argentina’s newest national parks. She also shared her experiences as a woman in science with a photographic journey of her mammal, bird, and plant research, as … Read More
Team member highlights
“PBI’s South American project has three principal elements: 1) scientific fieldwork to study nature, 2) intense and amazing work with local people, and 3) interactions with authorities at local and national levels. All these together shape a very rich and interesting project which is full of challenges! We all need to work across disciplines to protect nature, and in our case, the lungs and the heart of the planet.”Lucila Castro
“Why is biodiversity so important? If we ask this question to the average person, will they know the answer? Biodiversity is important for many reasons. Scientifically, it provides many ecosystem services that we could not live without. Socially, it provides health and wellness benefits that enrich and sustain our lives. How do we protect biodiversity? We help people create personal and emotional connections to nature, which will promote their desire to fight for, and protect it.”
“The reason I decided to help PBI had to do with re-introduced wolves in Yellowstone. With wolves back, the land and rivers…down to types of grasses, flourished faster and more fully. This blew my mind… it also amazed scientists who didn’t realize the full impact one species had on the entire health of an ecosystem.”Gina Johnson