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.
In 2007, one of BRI’s top priorities is conducting the first-ever comprehensive biodiversity needs assessment for New York State. This assessment will focus on identifying, evaluating, and prioritizing biodiversity research needs in New York State.
To compile the report, BRI will gather input from and work with a variety of scientists (e.g., from universities, state agencies, private institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and private organizations) and other experts on the state’s biodiversity. The report will review what is known and not known about various taxa, communities, and regions in the state; identify direct and indirect threats to biodiversity, as it varies across taxa, communities, and regions; and identify current and needed actions to protect the state’s biodiversity.
As a final step, BRI will use the assessment to determine priorities for biodiversity research in the state. The information from the report will be used to help guide the work of BRI and its programs, including the awarding of grants.
This needs assessment can also be extended to help guide others interested in biodiversity across the state.
If you would like additional information about the biodiversity needs assessment contact Mary Beth Kolozsvary at: firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-486-2034.