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About the IIC

The Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) seeks to connect innovative academic thinking with global conservation priorities to create sustainable solutions where people and nature can thrive.

Our Mission

William & Mary’s Institute for Integrative Conservation cultivates an inclusive community of creative leaders to deliver innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation challenges.

We achieve this mission by:

  • Bringing together global expertise, diverse perspectives and an entrepreneurial mindset to address emerging issues in a rapidly changing international environment.
  • Strengthening the connections among people, communities and nature to prepare the next generation of bold, compassionate and principled conservationists to adapt and respond quickly to challenges as they arise.

A schematic illustrating William & Mary's Institute for Integrative Conservation as an institute that connects external conservation partners with internal W&M expertise. Outside W&M: Conservation NGOs, Federal Agencies & Administrations, International Government Organizations, Other universities. Inside W&M: Law, Business, Arts & Sciences, Marine Science, Education schools.

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Curriculum Development

In collaboration with academic and conservation partners, the IIC will design an entirely new curriculum for training the next generation of conservation leaders. Along with conservation science, students will develop skills in design thinking, business processes and management, finance, regulatory frameworks and fundraising, and be expert communicators who can relate to a diversity of audiences and cultures.


To evolve and expand the program, the IIC will work with external partners to establish pilot internship and summer research fellowships for graduate and undergraduate students. Through exposure to internship opportunities, students can be inspired and energized to “be the difference” and build hands-on experience while learning critical thinking, problem solving, teamwork, collaboration, and strong communication.


Research enables our students to apply the theory they learn in the classroom to advance the knowledge that can help society tackle complex issues and challenges. Through focused collaborations with conservation organization partners, our students will explore the transformative innovations that occur when people from different disciplines and broad perspectives work together in unique ways. The new ideas and solutions developed will guide actual conservation practices.

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Conservation Partnerships

Working with internal and external partners, the IIC will help design, test and implement new technologies to solve specific conservation issues and help turn vast amounts of data into useful information. Through establishing a strong network of major conservation organizations, relevant federal and state agencies, and private corporations, the IIC can help turn science information into actionable policy.

Learn More

Explore how you can help the IIC advance our academic and conservation mission.