The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is an international professional organization dedicated to advancing the science and practice of conserving the Earth’s biological diversity. The Society’s membership is comprised of people interested in the conservation and study of biological diversity: resource managers, researchers, educators, conservation practitioners, NGO’s and students. The Society is a global community with representatives from over 100 countries. It is organized into seven Sections (including the North America Section, SCBNA) that initiate activities relevant to conservation needs in their regions.
The North America Section of the Society for Conservation Biology (SCBNA) represents the North American continent north of Mexico, including Canada and the United States. Although Mexico is a member of SCB’s Latin America and Caribbean Section, SCBNA members collaborate with Mexican colleagues on transboundary conservation issues. SCBNA works with other scientific societies and conservation organizations based in North America to advance the application of science to conservation policy.
The biannual North American Congress for Conservation Biology represents an important facet of SCBNA’s work to foster communication among conservation scientists and practitioners in North America. SCBNA strives to serve as a ‘boundary organization’ for the North American community of conservation practitioners that can assist members in bridging the gap between research and practice and make their work more effective in facilitating on-the-ground conservation successes.
The global Society for Conservation Biology provides many benefits to its community, including global policy programs, conferences, free online access to publications for members in developing countries, and an online job board. SCB also administers the prestigious David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship Program, sponsored by the Cedar Tree Foundation, that supports young professionals in conservation science. SCB’s publications are leading venues for research contributing to the science and practice of conserving Earth’s biological diversity. In cooperation with Wiley Press, SCB publishes the flagship peer-reviewed journal of the field, Conservation Biology, and the online journal, Conservation Letters. Affiliated publications include Conservation magazine, Pacific Conservation Biology, and Biological Conservation. Many of the scientific advancements presented at the Congress will be published in these journals.