Mexico desert.


The ultimate goal of conservation initiatives at the Botanical Garden is protection of plant species, habitats, and ecosystems from degradation and extinction—thereby reducing the negative consequences for human well-being and the biological diversity of the planet. The first prerequisite for protecting plant species, habitats, and ecosystems is identifying those species at risk of extinction. Armed with this information, Garden scientists and collaborators work to develop sustainable management plans for protecting at-risk species and ecosystems. Solutions often involve understanding what conservation measures can be effective in a particular place, at a local level.

NYBG’s Conservation Projects

North America

Biodiversity Gradients in Obligate Symbiotic Organisms: A Case Study in Lichens in a Global Diversity Hotspot (NSF Dimensions) Conservation Assessment of Intertidal Vascular Plants of the Hudson River Estuary Conservation Assessments of Plants of the Americas Documenting the Occurrence through Space and Time of Aquatic Non-indigenous Fish, Mollusks, Algae, and Plants Threatening North America’s Great Lakes EvoNet: A Phylogenomic and Systems Biology Approach to Identify Genes Underlying Plant Survival in Marginal, Low-Nitrogen Soils Flora of Central Park Incised Fumewort in Westchester County: Early Detection and Rapid Response Lichen Biodiversity of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain Lichen Conservation Biology The Macroalgal Herbarium Consortium: Accessing 150 Years of Specimen Data to Understand Changes in the Marine/Aquatic Environment The Macrofungi Collection Consortium: Unlocking a Biodiversity Resource for Understanding Biotic Interactions, Nutrient Cycling and Human Affairs Natural History Collections: Developing Ericaceae Research Resources through Collections Enhancement and Data Integration The New Manual of Vascular Plants Project by NYBG New York City EcoFlora North American Lichens and Bryophytes: Sensitive Indicators of Environmental Quality and Change Starry Stonewort: Assessing the Threat of an Invasive Freshwater Macroalga in the Northeast Strategy for Conserving Ash Trees in the Northeast: Collection, Analysis, and Outreach Systematics and Biogeography of the Woodland Sedges Carex section Laxiflorae (Cyperaceae) Westchester Wilderness Walk, Zofnass Family Preserve


Comparative Exploration of Plants and Local Knowledge in Portland Parish, Jamaica Conservation Assessments of Plants of the Americas Identifying Cuba’s Most Vulnerable Plant Species in the Face of Climate Change and Habitat Loss Leon Levy Native Plant Preserve A New Era: Cuban/U.S. Collaboration in Biodiversity Science NYBG Caribbean Consortium Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics of the Caribbean Zamia clade

Southeast Asia

Community-based Natural Resource Management in Sagaing Region, Myanmar Floristic Inventory of a Neglected Biodiversity Hotspot: Myanmar’s Northern Forest Complex Palms of Vietnam Plant Conservation and Forest Resource Management in Myanmar


Plant, Fungal and Linguistic Diversity of Tafea Province, Vanuatu Plants and People of Micronesia Plants and People of Vanuatu

Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil

Coastal Forest Plant Diversity in Northeastern Brazil Dimensions US-BIOTA-Sao Paulo: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Biodiversity Prediction in the Brazilian Atlantic Forest Hotspot Molecular-based Plant inventory of a Megadiverse Bahian Forest Plant diversity in the Montane forest of Pernambuco Rare Trees of the Atlantic Forest of Southern Bahia, Brazil


Floristic Exploration in Southwestern Amazonia Floristic Inventory of the Tapajos National Forest and Amazonia National Park On the Andaquí Trail: Exploration and Conservation of Colombia’s Eastern Andean Piedmont Professional Woodsmen for Managed Forests in Amazonian Brazil