Conservation Science

Conservation Science

Protecting nature is what we do. Science shows us how. We tell the stories behind Nature Conservancy science — from the field to the research lab, and everywhere in between.

From the Field

We get our boots dirty. Join us as we cover science in action, from stormwater drains to the Indonesian rainforest..

Meet the Bison: North America’s Most Famous Mammal

For all their fame, you’d be surprised by how much you don’t know about North America’s largest land mammal.

Justine E. Hausheer

Trapping Tiny Pocket Mice in the Nebraska Prairie

A long-running study at Platte River Prairies preserve looks at the relationships between small mammals and grassland management.

Justine E. Hausheer

Mad Island: Fire Restores Prairie on the Texas Gulf Coast

To restore the prairie, you have to burn it.

Matthew L. Miller

The Nature Conservancy Announces Expansion of First dFAD Partnership

This year on World Tuna Day, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawai‘i and Palmyra announces the expansion of the first drifting […]

The Editors

A Brighter Future for Attwater’s Prairie Chickens

On the ranchlands of the Texas coastal plain, a partnership is working to protect one of the rarest birds in North America.

Matthew L. Miller

It Takes A Village

In the majority of places where conservationists work, our success or failure rides on the backs of the people who live there.

Justine E. Hausheer

Science for Strategy

Science is strategy. Learn from 600 scientists & our partners researching the best way to protect nature.

The Amargosa Vole is the World’s Cutest Litmus Test of the Human-Water Relationship

The Amargosa vole is a story of loss and rediscovery, peril and surprise.

Sophie Parker

What Does It Take To Photograph A Bat Cave?

Longtime cave photographer Stephen Alvarez goes underground to document an endangered bat species on the rebound.

Jenny Rogers

Solar Energy Development Doesn’t Have to Destroy Vital Habitat (but It Could)

A new study emphasizes that the goals of solar energy development and biodiversity conservation should be addressed together by incorporating […]

Cara Cannon Byington

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Frogs as Pollinators?

This Brazilian frog may pollinate milk fruit trees as it visits flowers to sip nectar.

Christine Peterson

What Happens When You Expose an Oyster to Crab Pee?

To build stronger oyster reefs, scientists are scaring them with one of their fiercest predators: blue crabs.

Jenny Rogers

Dorado Catfish: Protecting an Epic Migration

The Amazon’s dorado catfish undertakes a 6,500 mile round-trip migration, vital for the ecosystem and humans alike

Matthew L. Miller

Science Brief

Your hub for the latest peer-reviewed research powering conservation action.

Small Land Holders Can Lead the Way in Tropical Tree Cover Restoration

Tree cover restoration provides an opportunity to combine climate change mitigation with the pursuit of other sustainable development goals. Unfortunately, most […]

Cara Cannon Byington

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Liana Cutting in Selectively Logged Forests Increases Carbon Sequestration

Cutting lianas, a diverse group of woody climbing plants, is a well-known way to increase carbon sequestration and timber production. […]

Matthew L. Miller

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Modeling Migration and Movement of Gray Bats

Gray bats roost in large concentrations in well-studied caves, but where they go once they leave the caves is not […]

Matthew L. Miller

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Why Protected Areas Must Consider What’s Beneath the Surface

New research published in the journal Nature Sustainability finds that 85% of protected areas with groundwater-dependent ecosystems have groundwatersheds that […]

Matthew L. Miller

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Cattle Graze Milkweed As Much As Grasses. Are There Implications for Monarchs?

Most researchers assume cattle avoid milkweed due to toxic compounds. New research finds that cattle graze milkweeds at least as […]

Matthew L. Miller

Story type: TNC Science Brief

Gender Bias Holds Women Back in Conservation Careers

Researchers surveying Nature Conservancy staff find that gender bias and inequity hold women back across their conservation careers. The study, […]

Justine E. Hausheer

Story type: TNC Science Brief