- From the time Nathaniel L. Britton conducted The New York Botanical Garden's first field expedition to the Caribbean in the late 19th century, the information from our research programs has helped to inform us about patterns of plant diversity and distribution. Today, in a world of rapid global change that threatens perhaps a third of all plant species with extinction, information on plant diversity and patterns of distribution and abundance is critical to identifying the plant species that face the greatest risk of extinction and the geographic locations that are most important for their protection.
- With the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium's plant collections, information about the collections in the Botanical Garden's C.V. Starr Virtual Herbarium, and our Geographic Information Systems Laboratory's capacity to analyze specific distribution data, we have an unparalleled set of resources for informing the conservation process and identifying priority species and places for conservation.
- In the field research locations, our scientists play a unique role in the conservation process. Not only have we gathered an unparalleled amount of collections data that help us analyze priorities, but have also established a complex network of personal connections with both international research partners and members of the communities near where we work.
- The combination of our capacity to analyze a wealth of collection data coupled with the impact we can have through our extensive network of international partnerships places us in a unique position in the conservation world.