I am the Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History and also an adjunct lecturer at Columbia University in the Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology and at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at AMNH.
My research interests lie in the conservation biology of primates and other mammals. In particular I am interested in the ecological and evolutionary responses of animals to environmental change and anthropogenic influence, and seek to answer this question by integrating genetic methods with spatial modeling, as well as social science approaches. Most recently, I am studying the diversity, evolution, and conservation of slow lorises in Vietnam. You can read about my first trip to Vietnam in my New York Times Scientist at Work Blogs. I completed my doctoral dissertation in 2011 at Columbia University, where I studied how Central American Squirrel Monkeys move through a heterogeneous, human-modified landscape in Costa Rica. I am broadly trained in biogeography, ecological niche modeling, landscape genetics and ecology, behavioral ecology, and molecular phylogenetics. I am currently expanding my research to include social science approaches through an NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability (SEES) Fellowship to study trade of slow lorises and other wildlife in Vietnam. Follow my work on academia.edu or Twitter @marye_blair.