ON JUNE 30, 2009, THE BRI PROGRAM OFFICE WILL BE CLOSING DOWN TEMPORARILY. THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF BRI AND THE BRI EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ARE WORKING TO REINSTATE STAFF AND WE HOPE TO BEGIN PROGRAM ACTIVITIES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. WE DO NOT ANTICIPATE ANY CHANGES TO THE UPCOMING FALL 2009 BRI BIOLOGY AND CONSERVATION LECTURE SERIES OR TO THE 2010 NORTHEAST NATURAL HISTORY CONFERENCE, SO PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.
Mission: Advancing information and research for the conservation of New York’s biodiversity.
By funding promising research projects, sponsoring conferences and seminar series, and directing other initiatives, The New York State Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) advances information and research for the conservation of New York State’s biodiversity.
Biodiversity is the sum total of all aspects of the biota of New York. It includes, not only the species occurring in the state, but also their interactions among each other and their relationship with their surrounding environment. By improving understanding of our state’s natural resources and the challenges to their existence, BRI seeks to collaborate with all residents of New York State in preserving this rich biodiversity for future generations.
Housed within the New York State Museum of the State Education Department and funded by the Environmental Protection Fund, BRI is a partnership among conservation and environmental groups and leaders from throughout the state. Its partners include American Museum of Natural History, Audubon New York, New York Natural Heritage Program, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, State Education Department, State University of New York and The Nature Conservancy. An executive committee—appointed by the New York State Legislature and Governor—sets the direction of the organization with the advice of a team of expert scientists from across the state.
The New York State Legislature founded BRI in 1993 to help meet the challenges of preserving the state’s biodiversity (New York State Education Law: Section 235-a (2,3)).
Find out more: BRI Fact Sheets
Pursuant to Section 235-a of the Education Law, the New York State Biodiversity Research Institute is governed by a 17-member Executive Committee composed of four state agency commissioners and 13 individuals appointed by the Governor and Legislature. The current Executive Committee members are:
Commissioner, State Education Department
Designee: Clifford A. Siegfried, Ph.D. (Acting Chair)
Commissioner, Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Designee: Thomas B. Lyons
Commissioner, Department of Environmental Conservation
Designee: Steven J. Sanford
Chancellor, State University of New York
Designee: Patricia A. Pietropaolo, Ph.D.
Robert Budliger, National Audubon Society
John Lee Compton, Ph.D., PBCO, Inc.
John Cronin, The Beacon Institute
The Honorable Steven Englebright, New York State Assembly
Stephen Kresovich, Ph.D., Cornell University
Elizabeth Lowe, The Natural History Museum of the Adirondacks
Carl McDaniel, Ph.D., Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Ralph Odell, Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation
Michael F. Burger, Ph.D. (Chair), National Audubon Society of NYS, Ithaca, N.Y.
Elizabeth A. Blair, NYSDEC c/o of Bard College Field Station, Annandale, N.Y.
Mark A. Blumler, Ph.D., Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.
James P. Gibbs, Ph.D., SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.
John R. Grehan, Ph.D., Buffalo Museum of Science, Buffalo, N.Y.
Timothy G. Howard, Ph.D., New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, N.Y.
Elizabeth A. Johnson, American Museum of Natural History, New York, N.Y.
Roland W. Kays, Ph.D., New York State Museum, Albany, N.Y.
Valerie A. Luzadis, Ph.D., SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, N.Y.
Gerry Moore, Ph.D., Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Karen Riva-Murray, Ph.D.,U.S. Geological Survey, Troy, N.Y.
George R. Robinson, Ph.D., University at Albany, Albany, N.Y.
Daniel L. Rosenblatt, Ph.D., New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany, N.Y.
James M. Utter, Ph.D., SUNY College at Purchase, Purchase, N.Y.
Anthony M. Wilkinson, The Nature Conservancy, Eastern NY Chapter, Troy, N.Y.