Students and Young Professionals as Large Landscape Conservation Catalysts

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, Massachusetts announces its 2013-2014 call for papers from undergraduate and graduate students, recent students, and young conservation professionals that demonstrate the ability of students and young professionals based at colleges, universities and independent research organizations, to participate in and lead projects that catalyze large landscape conservation initiatives.  Authors of 4 to 5 selected submissions willing to further develop their work for a widely-circulated publication will be eligible to be awarded a Lincoln Travel Grant (approximately $3,000 per student) to participate in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Parks Congress taking place in November 2014 in Sydney, Australia.

Submissions should be focused primarily in the natural sciences, social sciences, policy, professional studies, the arts and humanities, or some combination of these fields. In sharing their work with the readers of a widely circulated publication, and in traveling to and attending the IUCN World Parks Congress, authors of selected submissions will have the opportunity to share ideas with and learn from experts in land and biodiversity conservation.

For criteria, requirements and schedule please click here.

Acadian Program in Regional Conservation and Stewardship, July 14-21st, 2013

The Acadian Program in Regional Conservation and Stewardship is hosting its third year of participants at the Schoodic Education and Research Institute this summer from July 14-21, 2013. This one week intensive short course program allows participants to get a hands-on collaborative educational experience surrounding how to tackle real-world conservation issues.

Hailing from Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Chile, Belize, and Guatemala, this year’s group of participants will arrive with specific conservation challenges associated with their home locations, and will implore the Acadian Program group to come up with real-world solutions and action plans over the course of a week. Combining foundational training in conservation with cross-cultural collaboration, the Acadian Program offers a unique experience in which students learn the complex landscape conservation initiatives associated with the nearby Acadia National Park, and help each other to think creatively and collaboratively about how to tackle the emerging conservation challenges around the world.

Partners of the Acadian Program include QLF/Atlantic Center, Schoodic Education and Research Institute (SERC Institute), the Frenchman Bay Conservancy, several universities, and colleagues associated with state and federal agencies, including the National Park Service, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Maine Department of Conservation. With over 30 identified stakeholders involved in conservation across the Acadian region, the Acadian Program offers the challenge to participants to synthesize what they have learned in field experience surrounding Acadia National Park and provide local agencies with recommendations for conservation strategies.

For more information, please visit the Acadian Program’s website at:

Annual Conservation Catalysts Conference at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA, May 13-14, 2013

In May 2013, Lincoln Institute fellow Jim Levitt convened a Conservation Catalysts Network (CCN) conference at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy in Cambridge, MA. Bringing together faculty and students from a dozen colleges and universities alongside conservation leaders in the field, the group examined case studies of innovative conservation efforts around the world.  Ranging from projects regarding the restoration of the struggling Colorado River Delta, to private land conservation in Chile, conservation easements in Trinidad and Tobago, Australian coastal zone management, the Canadian BEACONS project and boreal forest conservation, working landscapes and the Western Hemisphere Jaguar Network, and landscape-scale conservation on the Serengeti, the May 2013 CCN conference demonstrated the innovative genius of conservation leaders and students throughout the world. 

The May 2013 CCN conference demonstrated the incredible power of collaboration across disciplines and cultures within the field of conservation, and fostered partnerships that will continue to benefit conservation efforts globally. If you would like to learn more about the case studies discussed, several of the case studies from the May 2013 CCN conference are listed under member organizations on the home page of our site. 

A Call for Papers and Participation in the Colby College Conference on Students As Conservation Catalysts

The Environmental Studies Program at Colby College - in conjunction with partner universities, colleges, and research institutions in North America, China and Australia, among others - is hosting a conference on March 1, 2013 in Waterville, Maine, that will focus on students as catalysts for large landscape conservation.

This conference will provide students, practitioners, and scholars with the opportunity to network with, and learn from, peers and leading experts from North America and beyond working in the field of large landscape conservation. 

One feature of the conference will be a conservation innovation contest for students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit essays or creative contributions, such as videos, posters and papers. Authors of winning contributions will receive travel reimbursements, up to $500, to attend the conference.  One essay will be considered for inclusion in a forthcoming book on large landscape conservation to be published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy.  Additional essays will be considered for publication in an issue of an international conservation journal. Students unable to attend the conference are encouraged to attend via web conferencing. 

The organizers also are soliciting student posters for display and presentation at the conference. These posters will not be considered as part of the conservation innovation contest for students.

For additional information about the student essay contest, registration, and other conference details, see:

 For questions about the conference, please contact: