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Institute for Integrative Conservation

Connecting academic innovation to biodiversity conservation solutions

The Institute for Integrative Conservation at William & Mary is at the forefront of transformational research and education aimed at solving critical conservation issues that impact global biodiversity. 

Working closely with a network of conservation partners, the Institute integrates expertise from across disciplines and sectors, blends diverse knowledge systems, and fosters collaboration between academia, public and private sectors, Indigenous peoples, and local communities. The Institute functions as a bridge connecting William & Mary’s intellectual outputs to applied conservation research, enabling impactful conservation outcomes today, and training tomorrow’s conservation leaders.

The IIC offers a major in integrative conservation, supported by dedicated faculty specializing in conservation biology, environmental justice, social sciences, entrepreneurship, and applied technologies such as geographic information systems.

The Institute engages William & Mary faculty across schools and disciplines and collaborates with a large network of global conservation partners to mentor students annually in applied conservation research projects around the world.



Apply for the 2023 Conservation Research Program

The IIC is accepting applications from W&M undergraduate students for our year-long Conservation Research Program in 2023. The program matches undergraduate students, faculty, and external conservation partners to conduct applied research designed to advance real-world conservation challenges. Applications are due on Oct 2, 2022. Learn more here


We Are Hiring! Position open for Associate Director of Advancement for the IIC

We are pleased to announce the opening for the Associate Director of Advancement position for William & Mary’s Institute of Integrative Conservation (IIC). With a primary goal to conserve biodiversity and its benefits to human well-being and communities, the IIC cultivates an inclusive community of thought leaders to create and deliver timely, innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing conservation challenges.

The Associate Director of Advancement will be responsible for developing and managing a portfolio of donors and building philanthropic strategies for the benefit of the IIC with Advancement and IIC leadership. As a key member of both the Office of University Advancement and the IIC, the Associate Director of Advancement will help the IIC build a robust and inclusive culture of engagement and philanthropy that advances the IIC vision of a paradigm in which people and nature are inextricably, equitably, and justly connected, and the natural environment thrives for current and future generations.

The application process has begun, but we are still accepting applications. Please refer to the full job description, position FP572W



Sign up for the IIC Listserv

Join the IIC conservation network to be notified of events, programs, and opportunities for engagement. 

Introduction to the Institute for Integrative Conservation

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Past Events

Visit the IIC YouTube channel to see all of our recorded events and lectures.