Excellence in Conservation Science and Policy

ESP contributes to conservation science and policy through natural and social scientific research, and engaging in natural resource management and related policy processes. We do so from the global to the local level, and are active around the world. Main themes include ecosystem and species conservation, the relationship between climate change and conservation, governmental and non-governmental contributions to conservation, and sustainable development. We collaborate with the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation, the National Zoological Park (Smithsonian National Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute) and others to reverse the catastrophic loss of biodiversity in sensitive areas worldwide. Our Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC) addresses biological conservation of species in the Potomac River and other aquatic ecosystems as model systems for how society can work to return ecosystems to a more healthy state.