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

Blue Zones of New York City
Conservation Assessment of Intertidal Vascular Plants of the Hudson River Estuary
EvoNet: A Phylogenomic and Systems Biology Approach to Identify Genes Underlying Plant Survival in Marginal, Low-Nitrogen Soils
Lichen Biodiversity of the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain
The New Manual of Vascular Plants Project by NYBG

The Shinnecock Ethnobotany Project
Urban Forests Project
Mangrove Resilience and Restoration
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
Visionmaker 2.0


Phylogeography and Conservation Genetics of the Caribbean Zamia clade

Southeast Asia

Floristic Inventory of a Neglected Biodiversity Hotspot: Myanmar’s Northern Forest Complex
Palms of Vietnam
Plant Conservation and Forest Resource Management in Myanmar


Pacific Northwest Cultural Landscapes
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 Inventory of the Tapajos National Forest and Amazonia National Park
Project Rondônia and Floristic Exploration in Southwest Amazonia
Traditional Communities as Central Partners in the Conservation and Sustainable Management of Amazon Forests


Digitization and Enrichment of U.S. Herbarium Data from Tropical Africa to Enable Urgent Quantitative Conservation Assessments
The Traditional Grain Mixtures Project