Conservation Science & Biology
Conservation biology seeks to document and protect Earth’s biodiversity with the aim of protecting species, their habitats, and ecosystems from excessive rates of extinction, and Switzer Fellows contribute to every part of the field. With ecosystems across the globe under increasing pressure from a changing climate, Switzer Fellows are also working at the forefront of climate adaption to find ways to protect species, habitats and ecosystem function from the changes that are already upon us.
Spotlight on Leadership
If outdoor learning were a religion, Erika Zavaleta would be among its foremost acolytes. An online ecology course, she realized, could attract students who would never consider taking a class requiring live field trips. By bringing field biology to a broader range of people, Zavaleta hopes the course will help broaden racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in ecology and environmental studies. “I’m interested in making more ways for people to have an entry point to get interested in conservation, an internship at a reserve, or taking a class with a field component.”Read more >