Cornell, Smithsonian to train new generation of wildlife scientists
ITHACA, N.Y. - At a time when extinction threatens nearly one-quarter of all known vertebrate species, Cornell and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have teamed up to offer a new shared doctoral program that will train the next generation of wildlife conservation scientists.
(Media-Newswire.com) - ITHACA, N.Y. ó At a time when extinction threatens nearly one-quarter of all known vertebrate species, Cornell and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute have teamed up to offer a new shared doctoral program that will train the next generation of wildlife conservation scientists.
The Cornell-Smithsonian Joint Graduate Training Program began accepting applications this month to train students who will leverage basic research at Cornell with conservation initiatives pioneered by one of the nation's pre-eminent wildlife research institutes. Using the facilities, resources and expertise at both institutions, students will learn to become independent investigators equipped to study and preserve some of the rarest species on the planet.
"We are in the midst of Earth's sixth mass extinction, and this crisis is manmade," said Alex Travis, director of the Cornell Center for Wildlife Conservation. "Although we must continue to take every effort to preserve natural ecosystems, numbers of more and more species have dropped so low that they require focused conservation efforts. We want to train top students in a setting in which they will be able to apply basic scientific approaches and cutting-edge techniques to the preservation of biodiversity. The knowledge these collaborations generate will then help solve real conservation problems around the world."
Students in the five-year program benefit from the dual mentorship of a Cornell faculty member and a Smithsonian staff scientist. Collaborative research projects will utilize resources in both institutions.
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