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:
- Finding new species of plants and animals in biodiversity hotspots
- Mapping the movement of wildlife and zoonotic diseases that pass from animals to humans
- Studying the evolution of primate behavior
- Examining how forests respond to disturbance
- Studying ecosystem processes and ecosystem services like carbon storage by tropical trees and grasslands
- Understanding how to develop participatory conservation programs
- Working on the restoration of damaged habitats
- Exploring models for sustainable development through a balance of good economics, governance and conservation
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.