Conservation Biology Institute


The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service. We utilize GIS and remote sensing data to conduct assessments and planning in support of conservation projects globally.


We are working to conserve the diversity of life on this planet through applied conservation research and education. We conduct research - alone or in collaboration with others - to actively seek creative new ways to address a wide range of ecological problems from endangered species to regional conservation planning. We develop innovative conservation tools, techniques, and analyses to help organizations, agencies, and companies utilize the best available conservation evidence.

Major Accomplishments

  • Developed an innovative and successful web-based conservation data sharing system called Data Basin.
  • Provided scientific expertise and leadership in conserving the Tejon Ranch, California
  • Published the first national protected areas database for the United States (see: PAD-US CBI Edition) and partner in producing the first national conservation easement database (NCED)
  • Advanced the science and application of the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept for forests throughout the world (e.g., FSC Gateway)
  • Spearheading climate change adaptation through practical application of forecasting models (e.g.,  WWETACARRA, and Data Basin Climate Center)
  • Provide scientific leadership in planning for forest carnivores in the Sierra Nevada  (e.g.,Sierra Carnivores project and  Yale Framework).
  • Planning and assessments tools to support ecologically sustainable renewable energy development in Tehachapi Mountains