The Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) brings together global environmental leaders to support the role of the natural world in global sustainable development. Addressing biodiversity loss through the study of plants and animals, ecosystems dynamics and applied sciences of conservation biology and environmental management allows EICES to find better ways to protect and manage the Earth’s natural resources.

EICES facilitates the development of research programs between its consortium members: the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), Columbia University, the New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and EcoHealth Alliance. Some activities are consortium-wide, representing all the institutions, while others can involve just two or three consortium partners.Collectively, the consortium’s research covers the globe with programs in over 60 countries.

Throughout EICES’s 18-year history, consortium researchers, volunteers, interns, students, faculty and staff have been involved in:

In addition to research activities and projects, EICES adjunct faculty and research scientists adjunct scientists teach science courses in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (E3B) and in the EICES Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability. All instructors are faculty and staff at consortium institutions and the consortium often provides research opportunities for Columbia’s undergraduate, master’s and Ph.D. students, especially those in E3B.