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2021 Conservation Research Program

Work alongside conservation partners to conduct innovative, integrative research that guides real-world conservation solutions

The Charles Center and the Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) has launched a year-long Integrative Conservation Research Program for W&M undergraduate students starting this spring. Students in this program are working alongside conservation partners and faculty mentors to complete applied, interdisciplinary research projects needed to advance real-world conservation action and policy. Given the complexity of conservation challenges, this suite of interdisciplinary projects leverages expertise across disciplines to advance global conservation solutions and to build the capacity of the next generation of conservation leaders.

This conservation research program provides students with an opportunity to build and refine their research and professional skills, gain first-hand experience in conservation careers, and work with an interdisciplinary team to directly advance global conservation. Students were selected for one of the interdisciplinary conservation projects that were proposed by a conservation partner as meeting an applied conservation need. Students are working alongside a conservation mentor from the organization and a faculty mentor with expertise in the field of research to complete the project in 2021. Students in this program are enrolled in an independent research course (e.g. CONS 490, BIOL 403, ENSP 490, GIS 480) in the spring of 2021, will receive a $4000 summer stipend and an option to apply for free W&M summer housing to complete the project on a full-time basis over the summer, and will enroll in an independent research course (e.g. CONS 490, BIOL 403, ENSP 490, GIS 480) in the fall of 2021. Students are also participating in a weekly lab meeting that focuses on the research and professional skills needed to be effective conservation leaders.

2021 Conservation Project Descriptions

These interdisciplinary conservation projects were proposed by conservation partners, governmental agencies, and W&M offices as applied projects needed to improve environmental conservation action, management, and policy. These interdisciplinary projects are designed to leverage expertise from across disciplines and sectors to advance global conservation outcomes. 

2021 Conservation Research Project Descriptions

2020 Completed Research Projects

Supported by the Charles Center and the IIC, five undergraduate students completed research projects in collaboration with conservation partners in the summer of 2020. Click on the link below to learn about how William & Mary students are supporting conservation organizations with applied research needed to advance real-world conservation outcomes.

2020 Conservation Research Projects

2022 Conservation Research Program

We will be sending an RFP to our network this fall to solicit proposals for student-led conservation research projects in 2022. The application for the 2022 program will be advertised in the fall of 2021. We are always looking for conservation partners with project ideas for students. Please email us your project ideas at iic@wm.edu and sign up for the IIC listserv to receive information about the 2022 Conservation Research Program.