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 Affiliated Professor at the Richard Gilder Graduate School at AMNH and at Columbia University's Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology.
As a conservation biologist focusing on primates, my research integrates spatial modeling and molecular genetics to understand the evolutionary processes that generate biodiversity and the influence of environmental variability on evolutionary divergence. I also explore how knowledge of evolutionary processes can inform conservation planning and the spatial prioritization of conservation actions.
Most recently, I am studying the diversity, evolution, and conservation of slow lorises in Vietnam. You can read about my trips to Vietnam in my New York Times Scientist at Work Blogs or my AMNH Fieldwork Journal Blogs.
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. You can read more about my work on the Research page, or you can follow me on researchgate, academia.edu or Twitter @marye_blair.