Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History
As Director of the CBC, Dr. Porzecanski oversees strategic planning, project development and a multidisciplinary staff leading conservation research and capacity development initiatives worldwide. As a conservation biologist, researcher, and professional educator, her primary interests relate to understanding biodiversity and how to sustain these effectively for the future through evidence-based management and effective capacity development. Dr. Porzecanski is co-curator of ¡Cuba!, AMNH’s groundbreaking exhibition on Cuba’s biodiversity and culture, the largest exhibition of its kind ever presented in the US. Dr. Porzecanski joined CBC in 2003, and since 2010 has also directed its Network of Conservation Educators and Practitioners (NCEP) which produces peer-reviewed, open, multi-language educational resources, and advances conservation practice worldwide. Besides training educators on scientific approaches, Dr. Porzecanski also leads experimental education research on the development of critical thinking and related skills in undergraduates. Dr. Porzecanski teaches at Columbia University and New York University, where she is an adjunct faculty member. She studied biological sciences at the Universidad de la República, Uruguay, and earned her Ph.D. from Columbia University, researching systematics and historical biogeography of South American aridland birds, as well as international environmental policy issues.