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NYBG's new Chief Science Officer is a botanist in a hurry
For the first time, the New York Botanical Garden has a chief scientist, Mauricio Diazgranados, who hails from the same region as so much of its collections.
In the words of Dr. Diazgranados, “Science is there, of course, to investigate, to understand nature, but also to help us protect the planet and improve our quality of life. What I need to do now is figure out how this institution can respond better to these challenges.”
Urban Conservation at NYBG
We are alive at the most important point in all of human history, when the decisions we make now will make or break the ecology of the planet on which we all depend for thousands of years to come. The most important lever we have to make a difference are cities. Cities need nature, and nature needs cities.
The focus of Urban Conservation at NYBG is New York City, which of all the cities of the world, is the most important because of its global reputation, iconic status, diverse and energized population, and leadership in finance, media, arts, science, and other fields.
Eric Sanderson, Vice President for Urban Conservation Strategy
Visionmaker: An Internet-based ecosystem service decision-support platform for New York City, first implemented in 2013 for Manhattan and expanded city-wide in 2016, co-developed with the New York City Department of City Planning
The Welikia and Mannahatta projects provide the basis for all the people of New York to appreciate, conserve and re-invigorate the natural heritage of their city no matter which borough they live in.
The Hand Lens
Take a closer look at our herbarium collections and the endless stories they can tell. See features on expeditions taken around the globe by our researchers, art and history represented in our specimens, and much more.
Article Alerts: Selected Science Staff Publications
Molecular systematics studies, new species descriptions, developmental genetics of seeds, land plant phylogenomics, the description of a 125 million year old tree fern fossil–this is the research of the scientists at The New York Botanical Garden.