UNO and Audubon Nature Institute collaborate to improve wildlife conservation research
The University of New Orleans (UNO) and Audubon Nature Institute have launched the Sustainable Wildlife Fellowship/Internship program, a collaborative venture aimed at addressing some of the most pressing research topics in wildlife conservation and professional training in the field of wildlife management.
The collaboration received approval from the Louisiana Board of Regents last month, according to UNO, and is made possible by the combination of UNO faculty expertise, Audubon Nature Institute facilities and personnel, and financial support from a Board of Regents endowment program.
A central component of the Sustainable Wildlife Fellowship/Internship program is the appointment of faculty from UNO’s Department of Biological Sciences to fill four endowed chair positions and revise the areas of specialization of those positions to those identified by the University and Audubon Nature Institute.
“We are extremely excited about our new, innovative collaboration with Audubon Nature Institute centered around wildlife conservation and sustainability,” said Steve Johnson, dean of the College of Sciences, in a statement to the public. “Working closely with Audubon scientists, our team of endowed chairs, graduate fellows and undergraduate researchers will explore cutting-edge topics in wildlife sustainability in threatened ecosystems and zoo populations. Our students will benefit greatly from this hands-on experience in Audubon Nature Institute facilities.”
For more information about the collaboration, see the full press release here.