Conservation biologists use a foundation of natural and social sciences combined with principles from economics, policy, and management to conserve biological diversity. Since its inception in 1985, the Society for Conservation Biology has been one of the fastest growing scientific societies, expanding to more than 10,000 members worldwide. In 1990, students at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies established the first national chapter of the Society for Conservation Biology and developed the bylaws that are now used in the formation of other chapters. The role of the Chapter is to complement and supplement academic programs with diverse student-initiated activities and strengthen the conservation biology community at Yale. The Chapter sponsors lectures, field trips, and events to promote professional development and the advancement of conservation science. We support a community of students and encourage dialogue on innovative solutions through student research presentations, networking opportunities with field practitioners, and co-mingling with other Yale Departments and Programs. In doing so, the Chapter hopes to foster the development of tomorrow's global conservation leaders.
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