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.
PBI has now launched our new website. But please note that for some time, we will still link to old content on our old site. We expect to do a full changeover in the near future. We’re also pleased to introduce our new logo! It encapsulates PBI’s holistic focus on mountains, steppes, freshwater and sea, … Read More
Ponderosa pines and the shrub steppe of the Methow Valley of Washington State are iconic elements of what people may describe as their ‘sense of place.’ These are both fire adapted ecosystems, so they survive fire well, and to some extent may need fire in order to persist in the long term. But how resilient … Read More
We have exciting news to share! Internationally known global change scientist and inspiring conservation leader, Dr. Phoebe Barnard, accepted the position of PBI Executive Director in late 2016, beginning work with PBI January, 2017. Phoebe brings to PBI impressive credentials as a highly motivated climate change ecologist, conservation biologist, sustainability strategist, and environmental planner—as well … 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
“For much of the rest of my life I want to work on what we call The Big Wild, especially in South America. The conservation opportunities in South America are immense, way beyond anything we have in the United States. This is the place where biodiversity makes its maximum expression–biota maxima. It’s vitally important to the climate of the planet. If you look at global conservation priorities, South America is just critical.”