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Curriculum Vitae  

                                                                                                            Last updated: Sept 2019

MARY E. BLAIR  

Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History

Central Park West at 79th St, New York, NY 10024

mblair1@amnh.org

 

Education

 

2011           Ph.D., Evolutionary Primatology. Columbia University, New York, NY. 

                    M.Phil. awarded May 2008.

 

2006           M.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Columbia University.

 

2005           B.A., Biology and Anthropology, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

  

 

Appointments


Director of Biodiversity Informatics Research, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY 2016-Present


Affiliated Professor, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 2014-Present.


Affiliated Professor, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2014-Present.


Resource Faculty, New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology, New York, NY, 2013-Present.


Assistant Director for Research and Strategic Planning, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 2013-2016.


Adjunct Associate Research Scientist, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES), Columbia University, New York, NY, 2013-2016.


Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2010-2012.


Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 2011-2013.


Instructor, Columbia University High School Summer Program, 2010.


Adjunct Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, Lehman College, Bronx, NY, 2008.



Scientific Publications (Peer-reviewed Journal Articles and Books)


Pozzi L, Roos, C, and M.E. Blair. (Accepted). Molecular Advances in Lorisid Taxonomy and Phylogeny. In: Behavior, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology of Lorises and Pottos (Nekaris, KAI, Burrows, AM, Editors). Cambridge University Press. (2019 Expected publication).


Chiou, K.L. and M.E. Blair. (Accepted) Modeling niches and mapping distributions: progress and promise of ecological niche models for primate research. In GPS and GIS for primatologists: A practical guide to spatial analysis (Eds. Shaffer, C.A., Dolins, F., Hickey, J.R., Nibbelink, N.P., and L. Porter). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK. (2019 Expected Publication).


Urbina-Cardona N., Londoño M.C., Blair M.E., Velásquez J., Loyola R. & H. Morales-Devia. 2019. Species distribution modeling in Latin America: a 25-year retrospective review. Tropical Conservation Science 12:1-9. https://doi.org/10.1177/1940082919854058


Barrowclough G, Groth J, Muck W, and ME Blair. 2019. Phylogeography and species-limits in the red-shouldered hawk (Buteo lineatus): Characterization of the northern Florida suture zone in birds. Ecology and Evolution 9(11): 6245-6258. DOI:10.1002/ece3.5190  


Md-Zain BM, Mohhoyua KS, Aifat NR, Yaakop S, Rovie-Ryan JJ, Mohd-Ridwan AR, Blair ME, Abdul-Latiff MAB. 2019. Molecular Data Confirms the Presence of Nycticebus bengalensis on Langkawi Island, Malaysia. Biodiversitas 20(4):1115-1120.


Kodis, M, P. Galante, EJ Sterling, and ME Blair. 2018. Ecological niche modeling for a cultivated plant species: A case study on taro (Colocasia escuelenta) in  Hawaiʻi. Ecological Applications 28(4): 967-977. DOI:10.1002/eap.1702


Thạch, HM, Le, MD, Vũ, NB, Panariello, A, Sethi, G., Sterling, EJ, and ME Blair. 2018. Slow loris trade in Vietnam: Exploring diverse knowledges and values. Folia Primatologica 89(1):45-62. DOI:10.1159/000481196


Sterling, E.J., C. Filardi, J. Newell, S. Albert, D. Alvira, N. Bergamini, E. Betley, M.E. Blair, D. Boseto, K. Burrows, N. Bynum, S. Caillon, J.E. Caselle, J. Claudet, G. Cullman, R. Dacks, P.B. Eyzaguirre, N. Gazit, S. Gray, J. Herrera, P. Kenilorea, K. Kinney, N. Kurashima S. Macey, S. Mauli, J. McCarter, H. McMillen, P. Pascua, P. Pikacha, A.L. Porzecanski, P. de Robert, M. Salpeteur, A. Sigouin, M. Sirikolo, M.H. Stege, K. Stege, T. Ticktin, A. Toomey, R. Vave, A. Wali, P. West, K.B. Winter, and S. Jupiter. 2017. Biocultural approaches to sustainability indicators: bridging local to global for human capacity and ecological resilience. Nature Ecology and Evolution 1:1798-1806. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41559-017-0349-6


Blair, ME, Le, MD, Sethi, G, Thạch, HM, Nguyen, VTH, Amato, G, Birchette, M, Sterling, EJ. 2017. The importance of an interdisciplinary research approach to inform wildlife trade management in Southeast Asia. BioScience 67(11):995-1003. https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix113 Highlighted by the Editor: https://doi.org/10.1093/biosci/bix129


Blair ME, Le MD, Thạch HM, Panariello, A, Vũ, NB, Birchette, M, Sethi G, Sterling EJ. 2017. Applying systems thinking to inform studies of wildlife trade in primates. American Journal of Primatology 79(11): e22715. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22715


Blair ME, Le MD, Sterling EJ. 2017. Multidisciplinary studies of wildlife trade in primates: Challenges and priorities. American Journal of Primatology 79(11): e22710. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajp.22710


Phillips, S, Anderson, RP, Dudik, M, Schapire, R, and M.E. Blair. 2017. Opening the black box: an open-source release of Maxent. Ecography 40(7):887-893. DOI:10.1111/ecog.03049.


Sterling, E.J., E. Betley, A. Sigouin, A. Gomez, A. Toomey, A. Pekor, C. Malone, G. Cullman, F. Arengo, M. Blair, C. Filardi, K. Landrigan, and A.L. Porzecanski. 2017. Assessing the evidence for stakeholder engagement in biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation 209: 159-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2017.02.008


Geller, GN, Halpin, PN, Helmuth, B, Hestir, EL, Skidmore, A, Abrams, MJ, Aguirre, N, Blair, M, Botha, E, Colloff, M, Dawson, T, Franklin, J, Horning, N, James, C, Magnusson, W, Santos, MJ, Schill, SR, and K Williams. 2016. Remote Sensing for Biodiversity. In Walters M and RJ Scholes, eds., Chapter 8 in The GEO Handbook on Biodiversity Observation Networks, Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp 187-210. Full text available at: http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319272863

 

Foster, M.J., Blair, M.E.Bennett, C., Bynum, N. and E.J. Sterling. 2014. Increasing the Diversity of U.S. Conservation Science Professionals via the Society for Conservation Biology. Conservation Biology 28:288-291. DOI:10.1111/cobi.12182.


Blair, M.E., Sterling, E.J., Dusch, M., Raxworthy, C. and R.G. Pearson. 2013. Ecological divergence and speciation in Eulemur sister species. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 26(8): 1790-1801. DOI:10.1111/jeb.12179

 

Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, editors. 2013. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199659456.do#.UWP0yKuPh90.

 

Blair, M.E. and A.L. Morales-Jimenez. 2013. Population genetics, molecular phylogenetics, and phylogeography. In Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, eds. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 238-256.

 

Blair, M.E., Bynum, N., and E.J. Sterling. 2013. Determining conservation status and contributing to in situ conservation action. In Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, eds. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 278-293.

 

Sterling, E. J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair. 2013. Introduction. In Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, eds. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 1-9.

 

Sterling, E. J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair. 2013. Conclusion: Studying Primates in a Changing World. In Sterling, E.J., Bynum, N., and M.E. Blair, eds. Primate Ecology and Conservation: A Handbook of Techniques. Series in Techniques in Ecology and Conservation. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 346-350.

 

Blair, M.E.Gutierrez-Espeleta, G., and D.J. Melnick. 2013. Subspecies of the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii) as units for conservation. International Journal of Primatology 34(1): 86-98. DOI:10.1007/s10764-012-9650-z.

 

Blair, M.E., Rose, R.A., Ersts, P., Sanderson, E.W., Redford, K.H., Didier, K., Sterling, E.J., and R.G. Pearson. 2012. Incorporating climate change into conservation planning: Identifying priority areas across a species' range. Frontiers in Biogeography 4(4): 157-167. http://escholarship.org/uc/item/5bx4919t.

 

Blair, M.E., and D.J. Melnick. 2012. Scale-dependent effects of a hetereogeneous landscape on genetic differentiation in the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii). PLoS ONE 7(8): e43027. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0043027.

 

Bett, N., Blair, M.E., and E.J. Sterling. 2012. Ecological niche conservatism in doucs (genus Pygathrix). International Journal of Primatology 33(4): 972-988. DOI: 10.1007/s10764-012-9622-3.

 

Blair, M.E., and D.J. Melnick. 2012. Genetic evidence for dispersal by both sexes in the Central American Squirrel Monkey, Saimiri oerstedii citrinellus. American Journal of Primatology 74(1):37-47. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.21007. Selected as a feature article. 


Blair, M.E., Sterling, E.J., and M.M. Hurley. 2011. Taxonomy and conservation of Vietnam's primates: A review. American Journal of Primatology 73(11): 1093-1106. DOI: 10.1002/ajp.20986.

 

Blair, M.E. 2011. Habitat modification and gene flow in Saimiri oerstedii: Landscape genetics, intraspecific molecular systematics, and conservation. Ph.D. Dissertation. Columbia University, New York, NY. 205 p. Available from: ProQuest Dissertations & Theses and also through Columbia University's Academic Commons.


Grobler, P., Jacquier, M., deNys, H., Blair, M., Whitten, P.L., and T.R. Turner. 2006. Primate sanctuaries, taxonomy and survival: a case study from South Africa. Ecological and Environmental Anthropology 2(2): 12-16.

 

Other Scientific Publications


Blair, M.E.  2019. Towards more equitable and inclusive spaces for primatology and primate conservation. International Journal of Primatology (Online Early) https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-019-00093-y 


Arengo, F, Porzecanski, AL, Blair, M, Amato, G, Filardi, C, and EJ Sterling. 2018. The essential role of museums in wildlife conservation. In The Future of Natural History Museums (Dorfman, E, Ed.), pp. 82-100. ICOM Advances in Museum Research Series. Routledge, New York.


Sterling, E.J., E. Betley, A. Gomez, A. Sigouin, C. Malone, F. Arengo, M. Blair, G. Cullman, C. Filardi, K. Landrigan, K. Roberts, and A.L. Porzecanski. 2016. Measuring Impact: Stakeholder Engagement for Biodiversity Goals; Assessing the Status of the Evidence. Biodiversity Technical Brief, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Washington, D.C., April 2016.


Blair, M.E. 2011. Habitat modification and gene flow in Saimiri oerstedii: Landscape genetics, intraspecific molecular systematics, and conservation. Ph.D. Dissertation, Columbia University, New York, NY. 205 p. Columbia University Academic Commons http://dx.doi.org/10.7916/D8C8292K.

 

Presentations and Published Abstracts


Galante, P J,Merow, C, Kass, J M, Aiello-Lammens, M E, Ersts, P J, Gerstner, B E, Horning, N, Pinilla Buitrago, G E, Velásquez-Tibatá, J, Anderson, R P, Blair, M E. 2019. Expanding Wallace species distribution modeling software to support national biodiversity change indicator calculations. Podium presentation. International Biogeography Society Humboldt-250 Meeting. Quito, Ecuador. 5 – 9 August 2019.


Babich Morrow, C., J.M. Kass, P.J. Galante, and M.E. Blair. 2019. Delineating parapatric ranges using species distribution models and support vector machines: an example with three-toed sloths. Podium presentation. International Biogeography Society Humboldt-250 Meeting. Quito, Ecuador. 5 – 9 August 2019.


Porzecanski, A.L., F. Arengo, M. Blair, E.J. Sterling, G. Amato, and C. Filardi. 2019. The essential role of museums in wildlife conservation. Oral presentations at the VII Symposium of Natural History Museums, XII International Convention on Environment and Development. Havana, Cuba. 1-5 July 2019.


Babich Morrow, C., P.J. Galante, J.M. Kass, and M.E. Blair. 2019. Improving species range estimates for an arboreal species group with a parapatric distribution. Poster presentation. 99th meeting of the American Society of Mammalogists. Washington, D.C. 29 June – 2 July 2019.


Musher LJ, Galante PJ, Blair ME, Huntley J, Thom G. 2019. Testing the causes of speciation with gene flow in a Neotropical avian species pair. Poster Presentation. American Ornithological Societies Meeting. Anchorage, AK. 24 June – 28 June, 2019.


Galante PJ, Merow C, Kass JM, Gerstner BE, Pinilla-Buitrago GE, Aiello-Lammens ME, Horning N, Ersts PJ, Velasquez-Tibata J, Anderson RP, Blair ME. 2019. Expanding Wallace species distribution modeling software to support national biodiversity change indicator calculations for GEO BON assessment and reporting.  Invited talk. 1st Symposium on Asian Biodiversity Data and Research. City College of New York, CUNY. New York, NY. 28 January, 2019.


Galante PJ, Blair ME, Sterling EJ. 2019. Applying GIS and Remote Sensing to Conservation and Improving Ecological Niche Models. Guest lecture in Zoogeography, Graduate Center, CUNY. New York, NY. 2 April 2019.


Galante PJ, Merow C, Kass JM, Gerstner BE, Pinilla-Buitrago GE, Aiello-Lammens ME, Horning N, Ersts PJ, Velasquez-Tibata J, Anderson RP, Blair ME. 2018. Expanding Wallace species distribution modeling software to support national biodiversity change indicator calculations for GEO BON assessment and reporting. Poster Presentation. 100th meeting of the American Geophysical Union. Washington DC. 10–14 December 2018.


Pinilla-Buitrago GE, Kass JM, Johnson E, Galante PJ, Horning N, Ersts PJ, Merow C, Gerstner BE, Aiello-Lammens ME, Velásquez-Tibatá J, Blair ME, Anderson RP.  2018. Wallace: un software para estimar la distribución de especies y cuantificar cambios en la biodiversidad. Podium Presentation. Colombian Congress of Zoology. Bogota, Colombia. 3 Dec 2018.


Blair ME. 2018. Moving beyond diversity to inclusion: recommendations for the International Primatological Society. Roundtable: Diversity and Inclusion in Primatology. International Primatological Society Congress, Nairobi, Kenya. August 2018.

 

Blair, M.E., P.J. Galante, Le Duc Minh, E.J. Sterling, N.Horning, and M. Xu. 2018. Ecological niche models to inform primate conservation under climate change: promise and pitfalls. Symposium: Clima-primatology: primates and climate change. International Primatological Society Congress, Nairobi, Kenya. August 2018.


Kodis, M., P.J. Galante, E.J. Sterling, M.E. Blair. 2018. Ecological niche modeling for a cultivated plant species: A case study on taro (Colocasia esculenta) in Hawaiʻi. North American Congress in Conservation Biology, Toronto, July 2018.


Ford, C., Blair, M.E., Horning, N., Galante, P.J. 2018. Environmental drivers of sweet potato leaf folder (Herpetogramma hipponalis) garden crop devastation in the Solomon Islands. North American Congress in Conservation Biology, Toronto, July 2018.


Ford, C., Blair, M.E., Horning, N., Galante, P.J. 2018. Investigating sweet potato leaf folder crop destruction in the Solomon Islands. Society for Conservation GIS Annual Meeting, Monterrey, July 2018.


Ford, C., Horning, N., Blair, M.E. 2018. Investigating the spatial-environmental drivers of sweet potato crop devastation by Herpetogramma hipponalis in the Solomon Islands. Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. New Orleans, LA, April 2018.


Blair, M.E., Anderson, R.P., Kass, J.M., Gerstner, B., Pinilla-Buitrago, G., Aiello-Lammens, M., Merow, C., Horning, N., Galante, P., Ersts, P., and Velásquez-Tibatá, J. 2018. Expanding Wallace modeling software to support national biodiversity change indicator calculations for GEO BON assessment and reporting. Invited Poster Presentation. NASA Biodiversity and Ecological Forecasting Team Meeting, Washington, D.C. 24-26 April, 2018.


H.M. Thach, M.D. Le, N.B. Vu, A. Panariello, G. Sethi, E.J. Sterling, and M.E. Blair. 2017. Slow loris trade in Vietnam: Exploring diverse knowledges and values. Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York. New York, NY, 11-13 October 2017.


A. Sigouin, Sterling E.J., Betley E., Gomez A., Toomey A., Cullman G., Malone C., Pekor, A. Arengo F., Blair M., Filardi C., Gazit N., Landrigan K., Porzecanski A.L. 2017. How does engaging stakeholders affect conservation outcomes? An analysis of evidence. Poster presentation. Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS) 2017. New York. New York, NY. 11-13 October 2017. 


G. Cao, M. Blair, M. Le, and K.A.I. Nekaris. 2017. Conservation of the Slow Loris Nycticebus spp. at the Genetic Level: Phylogenetics, Phylogeography and Population Genetics. Poster Presentation at the European Federation for Primatology. 21-25 August, 2017, University of Strasbourg, France. Folia Primatologica 88 (2): 170 (Abstract). 


M.E. Blair, P. Galante, J. Herrera, C. Raxworthy, E.J. Sterling, R. Pearson. 2017. Using phylogenetic endemism for conservation priority-setting: Clades, climate, and scale matter. International Congress for Conservation Biology, 23-27 July, 2017, Cartagena, Colombia.


F. Arengo, G. Amato, M.E. Blair, C. Filardi, A.L. Porzecanski, E.J. Sterling. 2017. Conservation strategies at natural history museums: An overview. International Congress for Conservation Biology, 23-27 July, 2017, Cartagena, Colombia.


A.L. Porzecanski, F. Arengo, M.E. Blair, E.J. Sterling. 2017. Capacity development, conservation and museums. International Congress for Conservation Biology, 23-27 July, 2017, Cartagena, Colombia.


M.E. Blair, M.D. Le, H.M. Thach, A. Panariello, N.B. Vu, M. Birchette, E.J. Sterling, and G. Sethi, 2016. Slow loris trade in Vietnam: Examining drivers and scales of trade with an interdisciplinary approach. Podium presentation at the International Primatological Society Congress, Chicago, IL, August, 2016. 


M.E. Blair, H.M. Thach, N.B. Vu, A. Panariello, M.D. Le, E.J. Sterling, and G. Sethi, 2016. Wildlife trade management and ethnoprimatology in Vietnam: Exploring different knowledges and values in a social-ecological systems framework. Podium presentation at the Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, BC, Canada, March, 2016.  


Cao G.T.H., Blair M.E., Sterling E.J., Le M.D., Nguyen T.V. 2015. Inferring genetic diversity of threatened slow loris populations in Vietnam. Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York. New York, NY, October 2015.


M.E. Blair, Thach H.M., Vu N.B., Le M.D., Sethi G., Sterling E.J. 2015. Slow loris trade in Vietnam: Examining drivers and trade networks. Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences Annual Meeting. San Diego, CA, July, 2015.


M.E. Blair, H.M. Thach, N.B. Vu, M.D. Le, E.J. Sterling, and G. Sethi, 2015. Comparing wildlife trade networks, prices, and drivers across geographic scales in Vietnam - Podium Presentation at the Association of American Geographer’s Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 2015.


Sterling, E.J., C.E. Filardi, E. Betley, N. Gazit, S. Jupiter, G. Cullman, S. Caillon, M. Esbach, M.E. Blair, H. Woltz, S. Albert, N. Horning, J. McCarter, P. Pikacha, S. Mauli, and M. Sirikolo. “Biocultural indicators of resilience: linking across scales.” Presentation: International Society of Tropical Foresters (ISTF), Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies chapter, New Haven, CT, January 2015.


M.E. Blair and E.J. Sterling. 2014. Ecological niche evolution and speciation processes in primates. Podium presentation at the Northeastern Evolutionary Primatology Group conference, New Brunswick, NJ, Nov 7-8 2014.


E.H. López, M.D. Le, T.V. Nguyen, H.T. Duong, G.T.H Cao, E.J. Sterling, M.E. Blair*. 2014. Inferring molecular phylogenetic relationships among endangered slow lorises (genus Nycticebus). Poster presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section Meetings, Melaka, Malaysia, August 2014.  *=presenter.


M.D. Le, H.M. Thach, V.H. Nguyen, G. Amato, R. DeSalle, G. Sethi, M. Birchette, E.J. Sterling, and M.E. Blair. 2014. DNA barcoding as a part of an interdisciplinary research approach to facilitate improved wildlife trade management. Podium presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology Asia Section Meetings, Melaka, Malaysia, August 2014. 


L.C. Matthews, M.D. Le, E.H. López, C.M. Bergey, E.J. Sterling, and M.E. Blair. 2014. The utility of nuclear introns to diagnose among slow loris species (genus Nycticebus). Podium presentation at the International Primatological Congress, Hanoi, Vietnam, August 2014.


E.H. López, M.D. Le, T.V. Nguyen, H.T. Duong, G.T.H Cao, E.J. Sterling, M.E. Blair. 2014. Inferring molecular phylogenetic relationships among slow lorises (genus Nycticebus) using mitochondrial DNA sequence data. Poster presentation at the International Primatological Congress, Hanoi, Vietnam, August 2014. 


Blair, M.E., Sterling, E.J., Dusch, M., Raxworthy, C. and R.G. Pearson. 2014. Inferring speciation process from ecological niche evolution: A case study of lemurs in Madagascar. Podium presentation at the International Primatological Congress, Hanoi, Vietnam, August 2014.


M.D. Le, H.M. Thach, V.H. Nguyen, G. Amato, R. DeSalle, G. Sethi, M. Birchette, E.J. Sterling, and M.E. Blair. 2014. DNA barcoding and forensic tools as a part of an interdisciplinary research approach to facilitate improved wildlife trade management. Podium presentation at the International Primatological Congress, Hanoi, Vietnam, August 2014.


G. Cullman, M.E. Blair, C. Filardi, K. Landrigan, J. Newell, E.J. Sterling. 2014. Exploring the boundaries of a biocultural approach to conservation. Podium presentation at the Society for Conservation Biology North America Section Congress, Mizzoula, Montana, July 2014.


L.C. Matthews, M.D. Le, E.H. López, C.M. Bergey, E.J. Sterling, and M.E. Blair. 2014. Species Identification and Evolutionary History of Slow Lorises (genus Nycticebus) as Inferred by Nuclear Introns. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153 (Suppl.178-179): [Abstract]. Podium presentation at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists Annual Meeting April, 2014 - Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


E.H. López, M.D. Le, T.V. Nguyen, H.T. Duong, G.T.H Cao, E.J. Sterling, M.E. Blair. 2014. Phylogenetic relationships among slow lorises (genus Nycticebus) inferred from mitochondrial DNA sequence analysis. Poster presentation at the Ivy Plus Symposium, Cambridge, MA, March 2014. 


Blair, M.E., Sterling, E.J., Dusch, M., Raxworthy, C. and R.G. Pearson. 2013. Using ecological niche models to infer evolutionary processes and inform conservation: A case study of lemurs in Madagascar. Podium presentation at the 2013 International Congress on Conservation Biology, Baltimore, MD.

 

Escovar, T., Blair, M.E., and R.G. Pearson. 2012. Assessing the predictive ability of ecological niche models using data from the north slope of Alaska. Poster presentation at the 2012 Society for Conservation Biology North America Congress, Oakland, CA.

 

Foster, M.J., Blair, M.E., Bennett, C., Bynum, N., and E.J. Sterling. 2012. Increasing diversity in conservation science through education policy: Barriers to success and ways forward. Poster presentation at the 2012 Yale Bouchet Conference on Diversity in Graduate Education, Yale University, New Haven, CT.

 

Blair, M., Rose, R., Ersts, P., Redford, K., Sanderson, E., and R.G. Pearson. 2011. Incorporating climate change into conservation planning: a case study in Range Wide Priority Setting. Podium presentation at the 2011 Association of American Geographers Annual Meeting. Seattle, WA.


Blair, M. 2010. Landscape genetics and biological corridors in Saimiri oerstedii. Podium presentation at the 2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York (SCCS-NY), American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.

 

Bett, N., Blair, M., and E.J. Sterling. 2010. Ecological niche modeling of grey-shanked doucs (Pygathrix cinerea) in Vietnam. Poster presentation at the 2010 Student Conference on Conservation Science - New York (SCCS-NY), American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY. 


Blair, M. and D.J. Melnick. 2010. Landscape heterogeneity influences gene flow in the Central American Squirrel Monkey. Primate Research 26 (Suppl): [Abstract]. Podium presentation at the 2010 International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress, Kyoto Japan. Presented as a part of a symposium I organized, “Landscape Genetics in Primates: New Methods and Applications.”


Blair, M. and D.J. Melnick. 2010. Population genetic structure and landscape genetics of the endangered Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii). American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141 (Suppl.50): [Abstract]. Poster presentation at the 2010 American Association of Physical Anthropologists (AAPA) Annual Meeting, Albequerque, NM.


Hodgson, J.A. and M. Blair. 2010. Inferring geographic origin of a population range expansion using GIS and multi-locus genomic data: the origin of modern humans as a test case. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 141 (Suppl.50): [Abstract]. Poster presentation at the 2010 AAPA Annual Meeting, Albequerque, NM.

 

Blair, M. and J.C. Hagelin. 2009. Fecal odor is a putative alarm signal in the doemstic chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus). Poster presentation at the 2009 American Ornithologists' Union Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.


Blair, M. and D.J. Melnick. 2008. The effect of habitat fragmentation on population genetic structure in the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii). Primate Eye 96 (Abst#192): [Abstract]. Poster presentation at the 2008 IPS Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Blair, M. and M. Cords. 2008. Behavioral indicators of female choice in blue monkeys in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135 (Suppl. 46): [Abstract]. Poster presented at the 2008 AAPA Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.

Dacier, A., Morales-Jimenez, A.L., Blair, M. and T.R. Disotell. 2008. Phylogeny of New World monkeys (Primates: Platyrrhini) based on large genomic sequence data. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 135 (Suppl. 46): [Abstract]. Podium presentation at the 2008 AAPA Annual Meeting, Columbus, OH.

Blair, M. 2007. The effect of habitat fragmentation on the population genetic structure of the Central American Squirrel Monkey. Poster Presentation at the 2007 NSF IGERT Project Meeting, Arlington, VA.

 

Blair, M. 2004. Genotyping South African and Kenyan vervets (Chlorocebus aethiops) for eight human microsatellite markers. Poster presentation at the Sigma Xi Poster Session, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA.

 

 

Popular Articles and Media Coverage


“The unique biodiversity of Vietnam.” Public lecture at the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi’s American Center and Facebook Live Broadcast (9,000 views). https://www.facebook.com/usembassyhanoi/videos/2213069472055236/ (Aug 8, 2018)


“Joining forces to address the threat of wildlife trafficking.” Science at AMNH Podcast. https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/podcasts/joining-forces-to-address-the-threat-of-wildlife-trafficking (Nov 2, 2017)


“Live with conservation scientist Mary Blair.” (5,000 views) AMNH Facebook Live Broadcast. https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistory/videos/10154685165896991/ (Oct 20, 2017)


“A New Approach to Combating Illegal Wildlife Trafficking.” AMNH Research Blog Post featuring M.E. Blair. https://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/research-posts/a-new-approach-to-combating-illegal-wildlife-trafficking (Oct 13, 2017)


“New Study Combines Biology, Anthropology, and Economics for More Complete Picture of Illegal Wildlife Trade.” AMNH Press Release. https://www.amnh.org/about-the-museum/press-center/study-combines-biology-anthropology-and-economics-for-more-complete-picture-of-illegal-wildlife-trade (Oct 2017)


“Interdisciplinary Approaches to Wildlife Trade Management.” American Institute of Biological sciences (AIBS) Podcast "BioScience Talks".  bioscienceaibs.libsyn.com (Oct 11, 2017) 


“No longer a black box: How did maxent go open-source?” by M.E. Blair and R.P. Anderson. Ecography Blog Post. http://www.ecography.org/blog/no-longer-black-box-how-did-maxent-go-open-source (July 3, 2017)


“Five Ways to Move Beyond the March: A Guide for Scientists Seeking Strong, Inclusive Science” by Sutton Lawrence, A., Wynn-Grant, R., Malone, C., Sterling, E., Groom, M., Blair, M. Union of Concerned Scientists, Science and Democracy Blog. http://blog.ucsusa.org/science-blogger/five-ways-to-move-beyond-the-march-a-guide-for-scientists-seeking-strong-inclusive-science (May 15, 2017).


“The Search for Slow Lorises.” American Museum of Natural History SciCafe. Free, public lecture. http://www.amnh.org/learn-teach/adults/scicafe/the-search-for-slow-lorises (March 1, 2017)


“Live with conservation biologist Mary Blair talking about her work on lorises in Southeast Asia.” (8,000 views) AMNH Facebook Live Broadcast. https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistory/videos/10154080554746991/ (Feb 27, 2017)


“Slow Loris Conservation in Vietnam” AMNH.tv Science Video. http://www.amnh.org/explore/amnh.tv/(watch)/expeditions-and-research/slow-loris-conservation-in-vietnam/(category)/131059 (October 13, 2016)


“Live now with Assistant Director for Research at the CBC.” (11,000 views) AMNH Facebook Live Broadcast. https://www.facebook.com/naturalhistory/videos/10153546832411991/ (April 22, 2016)


Spotlight Asia: Ring in the Year of the Monkey, media coverage of AMNH event featuring our research on primates in Vietnam on Sinovision: http://video.sinovision.net/?id=32937.  (February 21, 2016)


National Science Foundation Discovery Blog. “Saving the slow loris: Fighting wildlife trafficking with interdisciplinary research and a legacy of international collaboration.” http://1.usa.gov/1M2bCer (July 13, 2015)


American Museum of Natural History Fieldwork Journal Blogs: http://www.amnh.org/explore/news-blogs/(tag)/6871 (Mar-April, 2014 and July 2015)


“Tracking Down a Slow Loris” Oxford University Press Blog Post: http://blog.oup.com/2014/07/slow-loris-conservation/ (July 14, 2014)


“Field Research and Work-Life Integration” Association for Women in Science (AWIS) Magazine, Summer 2014 Edition, pp. 10-11.


“The Primate Tracker: Mary Blair combs the forests of Vietnam looking for endangered slow lorises.” Scholastic News for Your Classroom (April 16, 2014) http://magazines.scholastic.com/news/2014/04/The-Primate-Tracker


“The Primate Tracker: Mary Blair combs the forests of Vietnam looking for endangered slow lorises.” Cool Science Jobs. Scholastic’s ScienceWorld Magazine (March 24, 2014) http://scienceworld.scholastic.com/cool-science-jobs 

“Tracking Tiny Primates,” Scholastic’s SuperScience Magazine Vol. 25 No. 6 (March 2014)

“How Does Evolutionary Biology Inform Biodiversity Conservation?” Free, public lecture for the Secret Science Club, The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY. (February 12, 2014) http://secretscienceclub.blogspot.com/2014/02/wednesday-february-12-8pm-bell-house.html

“Science Bulletins: Slow Loris Venom-Solving a Toxic Puzzle.” American Museum of Natural History BioNews Science Bulletins. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOyC6rEpHJk (December 12, 2013) 


New York Times Scientist at Work Blogs (April-May 2013)

 

"Evolutionary Primatologist Discusses Diversity in the Scientific Workforce," The Wilson Billboard, Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA. (December 8, 2011)

 

"Meet Mary Blair: Mentor and Biologist." American Association of University Women Blog. (January 11, 2011).



Grants and Fellowships


2019-2022    National Science Foundation (NSF) Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Program. Collaborative Research: Unlocking museum collections for phylogenomic studies: A case study in lorisiform primates (Institutional PI). 2019-2022. $114,899 


2018-2021     NASA Earth Sciences Division GEO BON Program. Expanding Wallace biodiversity modeling software to support national biodiversity change indicator calculations for GEO BON assessment and reporting. $595,057


2018-2020    Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation (U.S.). Collaborative transboundary conservation of vulnerable species and habitats in the Sino-Vietnamese border region under climate change. $250,000


2017            Fulbright Specialist Award, Faculty of Environmental Science, Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University.


2014            National Science Foundation (NSF) Biology Research Experience for Undergraduates Mentor-Student Travel Scholarship. $3,000 with Elora López.


2014-2017    USAID Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science Program. Biodiversity conservation in Indochina: Integrating research and training to enhance wildlife trade management. $294,251 to PI Minh Le (CRES-VNU)


2013-2016     National Science Foundation (NSF) Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellowship Program. SEES Fellows: Integrating biology and econometrics across multiple scales for sustainable wildlife trade management. $418,464


2013-2014     Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund. Conservation of the slow loris. $25,000


2012-2013     Eppley Foundation for Research. Conservation of the slow loris: Informing management of the wildlife trade in Vietnam. $25,000


2012-2013     Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation. Slow loris conservation in Vietnam: Informing management of the wildlife trade. $10,000


2010-2011     American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Writing Fellowship. $20,000


2009-2010     National Science Foundation Physical Anthropology Program (Doctoral Dissertation Improvement). Habitat modification and gene flow in an endangered New World primate. $10,271


2009-2010     Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation. Habitat modification and gene flow in an endangered New World primate: Implications for conservation management. $10,000


2008-2009     International Society of Primatologists. Habitat modification and gene flow in an endangered New World primate. $1500


2008-2009     Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences International Traveling Fellowship. Habitat modification and gene flow in an endangered New World primate. 1 yr. graduate stipend, $23,000


2008-2009     American Society of Primatologists Conservation Small Grant. The effects of habitat modification on gene flow: Matrix tolerance, dispersal and conservation in the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii).


2005-2009       NSF IGERT Fellowship. 4 yr. graduate stipend + research stipend


2007               Daniel E. Fischer Conservation Grant, Northwest Primate Conservation Society, Eugene, OR. The effect of habitat fragmentation on population genetic structure in the Central American squirrel monkey.  


2007               Institute of Latin American Studies Pre-Dissertation Research Travel Grant, Columbia University. The effect of habitat fragmentation on population genetic structure in the Central American squirrel monkey. 


2006               Earth Institute Travel Grant, Columbia University. The effect of habitat fragmentation on population genetic structure in the Central American squirrel monkey. 

 


Research Projects


Expanding Wallace biodiversity modeling software to support national biodiversity change indicator calculations for GEO BON assessment and reporting. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY and City College of New York (City University of New York), Yale University, Pace University, and the Alexander von Humboldt Institute. Current


Collaborative transboundary conservation of vulnerable species and habitats in the Sino-Vietnamese border region under climate change. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY and Rutgers University, Vietnam National University. Current


An integrative social ecological systems framework for research on illicit wildlife trade in Southeast Asia. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, and Vietnam National University. Current


Biocultural resilience across landscape mosaics in Pacific Islands (Eleanor Sterling, PI). Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, Current


Diversity, evolution, and conservation of the slow lorises (genus Nycticebus) in Vietnam: integrating evolutionary biology, anthropology and economics to address the complex threat of illicit trade. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation and the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, Current


Conservation of evolutionary processes: Ecological Niche Evolution, Phylogenetic Endemism, and Ecotones in Madagascar. Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, Current


Ecological niche modeling, biogeography, and population monitoring of the douc langurs (Pygathrix spp). Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY (2010-2012)


Incorporating the threat of climate change into range-wide conservation planning for the jaguar (Panthera onca). Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History and the Wildlife Conservation Society, New York, NY (2010-2011)


Habitat modification and gene flow in an endangered New World primate, the Central American Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedii). Columbia University and Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University (2006-2011)


Inferring the geographic origin of modern humans using GIS and multi-locus genomic data. Columbia University and Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University (2009-2010)


Phylogeny and divergence dating of New World monkeys based on large non-coding genomic sequence data. Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University (2007-2009)


New World primate microsatellite marker screening in Saimiri fecal samples. Molecular Primatology Laboratory, New York University, New York, NY (2007)


Behavioral indicators of female choice in blue monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis) in the Kakamega Forest, Kenya. Columbia University (2006-2007)


Mapping Saimiri oerstedii troop locations and illegal deforestation sites using GIS. Fund for Costa Rica, Quepos, Costa Rica (2006)


Comparative methods of DNA extraction from mammalian feces. Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY (2006)


Behavioral monitoring of free-ranging golden lion tamarins to facilitate their reintroduction into Brazil. The National Zoo, Washington, D.C. (2005)


Microsatellite genotyping and mitochondrial sequencing of non-human primates for species, population, and individual-level barcoding. Integrated Primate Biomaterials and Information Resource (IPBIR), Coriell Institute for Medical Research, Camden, NJ. (2004)


Handedness and food preference in captive Central American squirrel monkeys (Saimiri oerstedii). The Primatological Foundation of Costa Rica, San Miguel de Turrucares, Costa Rica. (2004)


Infant carrying behavior in Rufous-naped tamarins (Saguinus geoffroyi). The Primatological Foundation of Costa Rica, San Miguel de Turrucares, Costa Rica. (2004)

 


Invited Talks


Oct 2018. Wildlife trade in Vietnam: exploring drivers, scales, and diverse knowledges in a social-ecological systems framework. Invited lecture. Department of Biology Seminar Series. Fordham University, New York, NY.


May 2018. A new R package to process SDMs to estimate species’ ranges. Invited talk. New York Species Distribution Modeling Discussion Group. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.


Apr 2018. GIS and Remote Sensing for Biodiversity Conservation. Invited talk. Teacher’s Professional Development Spring Break Institute: Global Trends in Biodiversity and their Causes. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.


Mar 2018. How does evolutionary primatology inform primate conservation? From wildlife trade to climate change. Invited lecture. Center for the Study of Human Origins, New York University, New York, NY.


Nov 2017 The promise and pitfalls of new machine learning methods for biodiversity modeling. Invited University Public Seminar. Hanoi University of Science, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, Vietnam.


Oct 2017 Ecological niche divergence, conservatism, and speciation processes. Guest lecture for graduate course in Speciation, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, NY.


Oct 2017 Ph.D. Career Trajectories: Beyond the Tenure-Track. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology Graduate Program Seminar, American Museum of Natural History, NY. 


Oct 2017 Illicit wildlife trade in Vietnam: examining drivers and scales of trade in a social-ecological systems framework. Invited Lecture. Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology Seminar, Columbia University, New York, NY.


Aug 2017 How does evolutionary biology inform biodiversity conservation? A case study of slow lorises in Vietnam. Keynote Lecture. NYU Courant Institute’s Girls’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (GSTEM) Summer Program Symposium. New York, NY.


Mar 2017    How Does Genetics Inform Biodiversity Conservation? Opportunities and Pitfalls Invited Lecture. Sigma Xi - Swarthmore College Chapter, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. 


Feb 2017    Integrating Biodiversity Conservation Science Research Across Disciplines and Scales in the Lower Mekong Basin. Invited Talk. Lower Mekong Research Collaboration Initiative Symposium. U.S. Department of State, Washington, D.C.


Dec 2016    Slow loris conservation in Vietnam. Invited lecture for the Yeshiva University Natural History Society, New York, NY.


Dec 2016    Primate Conservation and Conservation Genetics. Guest lecture for the New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology's Core Graduate Course in Primate Evolution and Behavior. American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY


Nov 2016    Primate Conservation Case Studies from Vietnam. Invited lecture, Rutgers University Primate Conservation Club


Nov 2016    Illicit wildlife trade in Vietnam: exploring drivers, scales, and diverse knowledges in a social-ecological systems framework. Yale Southeast Asia Studies Council, Southeast Asia Seminar Series, Yale University, New Haven, CT. 


Oct 2016    How can genetics inform biodiversity conservation?: Opportunities and pitfalls. Keynote Address. Metropolitan Association of College and University Biologists Conference, SUNY Old Westbury, Long Island, NY.


Apr 2016    Examining the drivers of wildlife trade in Vietnam with an interdisciplinary approach. Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College, NY. 


Feb 2016    How does evolutionary biology inform biodiversity conservation?: A case study of the slow loris trade. George Z. Tokieda Memorial Lecture, Brearley School, New York, NY.    


Feb 2016    Scales of Wildlife Trade in Vietnam: Integrating Evolutionary Biology  Anthropology, and Econometrics to Address a Complex Problem. City College Biology Department Seminar, New York, NY.  


Dec 2015    Enhancing Capacity for Research and Management of Wildlife Trafficking in the Lower Mekong Basin: Integrating Across Disciplines and Scales. Second NSF 2015 International Workshop to Explore Research Frontiers through Partnerships in the Lower Mekong Basin. Can Tho University, Vietnam.


Oct 2015    Scales of Wildlife Trade in Vietnam: Integrating Molecular Phylogenetics, Ethnography, and Econometrics to Address a Complex Problem. Rutgers Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program Seminar Series, New Brunswick, NJ.


Sept 2015    Enhancing Capacity for Research and Management of Wildlife Trafficking in the Lower Mekong Basin: Integrating Across Disciplines and Scales. NSF 2015 National Workshop to Explore Research Frontiers through US Engagement in the Lower Mekong Basin. Laurel, MD


Aug 2015    Slow loris conservation genetics in Vietnam. Assessing the present status of Pygmy loris conservation in South Vietnam Workshop. Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam


Jul 2015    Slow Loris Conservation in Vietnam. Centre for Natural Resources and Environmental Studies joint program with the National University of Singapore. Hanoi, Vietnam


May 2015    Panelist and Discussant, “Socioeconomic factors and consumer demand.” The Biodiversity Affinity Group of the AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program’s half-day symposium “Combating Wildlife Trafficking: Communicating, Connecting, and Evaluating Challenges and Solutions for Policy Development and Implementation.” Washington, DC http://aaaspolicyfellowships.org/event/combating-wildlife-trafficking https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLxDfY7QHVcySJJV5qtnOQK1r1U-QHGBjk

Dec 2014    Slow loris trade in Vietnam: An interdisciplinary research approach to study trade networks, prices, and drivers across scales. Natural Resource Economics and Environmental Economics course, Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College, NY

Dec 2014    Las collecciones de historia natural como base para la investigación, conservación, y educación. Translation: Natural history collections as a foundation for research, conservation, and education. Plenary talk at the Uruguayan Zoological Congress, led by co-author Ana Porzecanski

Nov 2014    Saving the Slow Loris: An Endangered Primate from Southeast Asia. Biology Department Club Hour, Long Island University – Brooklyn, NY

Oct 2014    Ph.D. Career Trajectories: Beyond the Tenure-Track. New York Consortium in Evolutionary Primatology Graduate Program Seminar, City University of New York Graduate Center, NY. With co-presenters R. Delgado and J. Zichello. 

May 2014    Slow Loris Conservation in Vietnam: Integrating Evolutionary Biology, Anthropology, and Economics to Address a Complex Problem. Astronomy Department Seminar, American Museum of Natural History, NY


Feb 2014    Slow Loris Conservation in Vietnam: Conservation Genetics as part of an Interdisciplinary Approach to Address a Complex Conservation Problem. Biology Department Seminar, Hofstra University, NY.


Feb 2014    Ecological Niche Modeling for Biodiversity Conservation. Guest lecture for graduate seminar in Zoogeography, City University of New York Graduate Center, NY.


Dec 2013     Slow Loris Conservation in Vietnam: Multidisciplinary Approaches to Address a Complex Conservation Problem. Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY.


Apr 2013      Ecology and Conservation: Primate Conservation Case Studies. Guest lecture for the Introduction to Ecology course, Hanoi University of Science, Hanoi, Vietnam.


Nov 2012      Conserving the Slow Loris. Invited speaker for the Biology Research Seminar. Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY.


Nov 2012      Primate Conservation and Conservation Genetics. Guest lecture in the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology's Core Graduate Course, New York, NY.


Aug 2012      Remote Sensing at the Center for Biodiversity and Conserevation. Guest lecture for the Lang Science Program, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.


Aug 2012      Conservation Science at the Center for Biodiversity and Conserevation. Guest lecture for the Summer Science Institute, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.


July 2012      Variación Genética y Dispersión del Mono Tití en el Pacífico Central de Costa Rica. Institución Internacional en Conservación y Manejo de Vida Silvestre (ICOMVIS), Universidad Nacional, Heredia, Costa Rica.


Jun 2012      Genética de Paisaje y la Conservación: Estudio del Mono Tití en el Pacífico Central de Costa Rica. Universidad de Costa Rica, San Pedro, Costa Rica.


Nov 2011      Women and Diversity in Science: An Imperative for Biodiversity Conservation. For the"Science and Society" Speaker Series, sponsored by the Institute for Women in Science, Mathematics and Technology, and the Women's Studies Advisory Group. Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA.


Aug 2011      Primate Conservation and Conservation Genetics. Guest lecture in the New York Consortium for Evolutionary Primatology's Core Graduate Course, New York, NY.


Aug 2011      Conservation Genetics. Guest lecture in Biodiversity and Conservation, Summer Science institute, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY.


Mar 2011      Conservation Genetics. Guest lecture in Conservation Biology, Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.


Feb 2010      Conservation of the Central American Squirrel Monkey: Preserving Evolutionary and Population Processes. Guest lecture in Primate Conservation, Dept. of Anthropology, Hunter College, New York, NY.


Nov 2009      Landscape Genetics as a Tool for Conservation Management. Guest lecture in Wildlife Ecology and Management, Dept. of Biology, Barnard College, New York, NY.


Mar 2009       La modificación del hábitat y el flujo genético del mono tití (Habitat modification and gene flow in the Central American Squirrel Monkey), Saimiri oerstedii citrinellus. Presentation to the Technical Scientific Committee (Comité Científico Técnico) of the Central Pacific Conservation Area (ACOPAC), System of Conservation Areas (SINAC), Ministry of Energy and the Environment (MINAET), Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica.


Feb 2008        Habitat fragmentation and gene flow. Guest lecture in Conservation Genetics, Dept. of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY


Aug 2007       La fragmentación del hábitat y la estructura genética del mono tití (Habitat fragmentation and genetic structure in the Central American Squirrel Monkey). Conferencias sobre los monos tití, Association for the Conservation of the Mono Tití, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

 


Teaching

 

Spatial Bioinformatics, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 2018.


Trading Nature: A Conservation Biology Perspective, Undergraduate Advanced Seminar, Columbia University, New York, NY 2016-Present.

 

GIS and Remote Sensing for Conservation and Evolutionary Biology, Richard Gilder Graduate School, American Museum of Natural History, New York, NY, 2011-Present

 

Fundamentals of GIS for Ecology and Conservation, Graduate Level, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2012

 

Biodiversity, Undergraduate Level, Columbia University, 2010.

 

Issues in Biological Conservation, Columbia University High School Summer Program, 2010.

 

Introduction to Human Evolution, Undergraduate Level, Lehman College, New York, NY, 2008.

 

As a Teaching Assistant at Columbia University:

Graduate Seminar in Conservation Biology, Graduate Level, 2008

Behavioral Biology of the Living Primates, Undergraduate Level, 2007

Biodiversity, Undergraduate Level, 2006

 

Computer and Data Analysis Guide, Introductory Biology, Swarthmore College, 2005

 

Writing Associate, Introductory Biology, Swarthmore College, 2002-2005

 

Animal Behavior, Swarthmore College (Teaching Assistant), 2004

 


Professional Service


President, New York Women in Natural Sciences, American Museum of Natural History Chapter of the Association for Women in Science, 2013-2019


Coordinator of the New York Region Species Distribution Modeling Discussion Group, 2012-2019


Inclusive Conservation Community Initiative at the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, AMNH


 Group on Earth Observations - Biodiversity Observation Network (GEO BON) Species Population Working Group (2018-Present)


International Primatological Society Conservation Committee (2015-Present), Committee on Diversity (2016-Present), and Congress Scientific Program Committee (2018).


Vietnam Primate Technical Working Group Member (IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group) (2015-Present)


Society for Conservation Biology Board Committee on Equity, Inclusion and Diversity, 2014-Present


Editorial Board Member: American Journal of Primatology, 2018-Present

 

International Primatological Congress Scientific Committee and Symposium Organizer "Multidisciplinary Studies of Primates in Trade" Hanoi, Vietnam, 2014


Asia Field Advisor, Association of Zoos and Aquariums Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group, 2013-2018


Mentor, speed talk session moderator, and poster reviewer, Student Conference on Conservation Science – New York, American Museum of Natural History, 2011-Present


Symposium co-organizer, “Cross-boundary Cooperation for Biodiversity Conservation in Asia under Global Change” at Henan University, in Kaifeng City, China (July 2019). 


Special Issue Editor: “Multidisciplinary Studies of Wildlife Trade in Primates” American Journal of Primatology Vol. 79 Issue 11 (Nov, 2017). http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajp.v79.11/issuetoc


Symposium and Panel Discussion: Frontiers of biodiversity informatics and modeling species distributions” (M. E. Blair, R. P. Anderson, and D. Schigel, organizers). Global Biodiversity Information Facility and American Museum of Natural History, 4 November 2015, New York, NY.


Member of US Delegation, U.S.-Vietnam Science and Technology Joint Committee Meeting, Working Group on STEM Education and Research Exchange, Dec 2-4, 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City.


Mentor to teams of high school students for the AMNH Student Research Mentoring Program and the NYC Urban Barcode Project (2012-13)


Symposium organizer, “Landscape Genetics in Primates: New Methods and Applications,” International Primatological Society Congress, Kyoto, Japan, 2010


Manuscript Reviewer,  Nature Scientific Reports, Ecography, Nature Ecology and Evolution, Conservation Biology, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, Global Change Biology, Global Ecology and Conservation, Biology Letters, Molecular Ecology, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, Methods in Ecology and Evolution, Oryx, Journal of Biogeography, Diversity and Distributions, Conservation Genetics, American Journal of Primatology, International Journal of Primatology, Folia Primatologica, Ecology & Evolution, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Heredity, Hystrix, Journal of Herpetology, Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Asian Primates, Primates, Primate Conservation, International Zoo Yearbook, Mitochondrial DNA, f1000 Research, PLoS ONE, PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Studies on Neotropical Fauna, Zoo Biology, Frontiers of Biogeography, Endangered Species Research, Biological Reviews


Book Reviewer, Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Wiley-Blackwell

 


Honors and Awards


Fulbright Specialist Program Fellow, 2017


NSF Science, Engineering, and Education for Sustainability Fellow, 2013-2016


American Association of University Women (AAUW) Dissertation Writing Fellow, 2010-2011


First Place, Student Oral Presentation Competition, International Primatological Society Congress, Kyoto, Japan, 2010


Finalist, Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching, Columbia University, 2008


Phi Beta Kappa, Swarthmore College, 2005


Leo M. Leva Memorial Prize Recipient, Swarthmore College Biology Department, 2005

 


Professional Affiliations

· Society for Conservation Biology

· Phi Beta Kappa

· American Association of University Women

· Association for Women in Science

· International Primatological Society

· International Biogeography Society

 

Additional Skills

· R, QGIS, ArcGIS and other GIS and statistical platforms

· Fluent in Spanish, some conservational Vietnamese

· Coached little league baseball in Harlem, 2009 AAA summer ball champions

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