See the curated media list below to learn more about NatureServe.
To speak with one of our experts—or for more information about what we do and how we work—please contact Samantha Belilty (954-655-2984).
MARCH 3, 2022 | The New York Times
To identify concentrations of imperiled biodiversity, scientists created models for more than 2,200 species based on where they are known to exist and their habitat needs. The research and the related maps were a partnership between NatureServe and its network of state partners, Esri, and the Nature Conservancy.
JANUARY 19, 2022 | The Globe and Mail
“You can have a situation where a country like Canada feasibly meets all of its targets by 2030 … where we do all the right things within our borders, but still, through our trade and consumption patterns, drive massive biodiversity loss in tropical areas,” NatureServe's Mike Gill provides insight on a new report on biodiversity goals.
NOVEMBER 8, 2021 | Coloradoan
The Colorado Conservation Data Explorer eliminates the element of surprise with its one-stop shopping map that includes critical natural resource data that can assist in decision making for development planning, energy development, conservation and recreation projects.
FALL 2021 | ArcNews
It is essential that we all care about biodiversity. As Dr. Healy Hamilton, chief scientist of NatureServe, pointed out in her Keynote Address during the Esri Science Symposium at this year’s Esri User Conference, diversity of life is the foundation of our ecological, cultural, economic, and spiritual well-being.
OCTOBER 11, 2021 | VTDigger
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department Staff discussed the protection of imperiled species and diverse ecosystems in Vermont, presenting their work to CEO Sean O’Brien of the national conservation group NatureServe, who is traveling around North America visiting natural heritage sites.
OCTOBER 6, 2021 | WCAX
NatureServe CEO Sean O’Brien visits with Fish & Wildlife Department staff in Colchester as the 17th stop of the NatureServe Network Van Tour to understand how Vermont is protecting its wildlife and what threats they face in doing so. Watch the video to see some of the highlights.
OCTOBER 7, 2021 | Concord Monitor
If studies of samples from Mexico confirm what is suspected, botanists will soon announce the official extinction of an inconspicuous plant with the inconspicuous name of smooth slender crabgrass that once lived only in Rock Rimmon Park.
AUGUST 23, 2021 | Pew Charitable Trusts
To help policymakers, elected officials, and other stakeholders in the U.S. make better-informed decisions, The Pew Charitable Trusts engaged NatureServe and Michigan State University to build national databases of watershed conditions and barriers that alter the natural flow of freshwater bodies.
AUGUST 5, 2021 | ArcGIS Blog
Chief Scientist Dr. Healy Hamilton presented at the Esri Science Symposium, sharing stories from around the globe on why biodiversity is important and how spatial tools, including those developed by NatureServe, are essential for conservation.
JULY 27, 2021 | Tennessee's WildSide
Scientists who specialize in the study of plants and animals find plenty of places in Tennessee to do their research. The unusual plants you can find in the Cedar Glades remind all of us how important it is to protect and preserve our natural resources.
JULY 17, 2021 | WTKR News
NatureServe’s CEO, Sean O' Brien is driving his van around the country and recently arrived in the 757. "We launched the cider to support NatureServe which is a conservation organization," said Doug Smith, the founder of Sly Clyde Ciderworks.
JUNE 17, 2021 | WAMC Northeast Public Radio
The president of a data company called NatureServe, O’Brien is on the 11th stop of his tour of Natural Heritage Areas to learn about how local organizations are working to conserve natural areas, and to find ways they can better work together.
MAY 21, 2021 | Bay Journal
Synthesizing huge amounts of biodiversity data — NatureServe scientists processed nearly 100 million data exchanges in 2020 alone — allows decision makers to determine which places are most in need of saving, even if they don’t have an iconic species steering the way toward preservation.
APRIL 29, 2021 | AP News
A new partnership between the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and NatureServe unites expertise in plant conservation and education. Together, the partners will tackle two critical areas of plant conservation while also educating the public about the growing risk of plant extinction.
MARCH 7, 2021 | In Defense of Plants
Dr. Anne Frances joins the In Defense of Plants podcast to talk about all of the plant sleuthing she does as NatureServe's lead botanist. Her work has her investigating the status of everything from single sight endemics to crop wild relatives.
FEBRUARY 12, 2021 | EcoMagazine
NatureServe’s Director of Biodiversity Indicators Program, Mike Gill, collaborated with researchers from China and Germany to complete a pivotal study in the leading international journal Nature Ecology & Evolution, analyzing why the world continues to fall short in reaching its global biodiversity targets.
Earth's deadliest enemy: Zoonotic diseases that jump from animals to humans pose as big a threat to humanity as nuclear war or climate change, argues JOHN VIDAL
FEBRUARY 6, 2021 | DailyMail
‘Intensive farming increases the frequency of contact between humans and wildlife and exposes us to diseases never encountered before,’ says Sean O’Brien. ‘We are bringing together wildlife that would never naturally encounter each other in nature, creating bizarre links in a chain that can allow a disease to jump from one species to humans via another species.’
DECEMBER 14, 2020 | GW Prime
"We will need to work together again to win the hearts and minds of Climate Change deniers; develop behavioral, economical, technological, and natural ways to reduce our carbon footprints; and respond to the human and natural tragedies facing us."
NOVEMBER 5, 2020 | ScienceNews
Focusing on U.S. and Canadian green heritage, NatureServe Network scientist Wes Knapp and colleagues declared in Conservation Biology that 58 plants are extinct in the wild, with no miracle rescues in gardens.
OCTOBER 16, 2020 | New York Times
“There’s a sense that we’ve got it down — that we know our flora and we know what’s extinct,” said Anne Frances, the lead botanist for NatureServe, which promotes wildlife conservation. That belief couldn’t be further from the truth, she said.
AUGUST 31, 2020 | AWS Public Sector Blog
Lori Scott and Sean O’Brien share how NatureServe is using Amazon Web Services (AWS) and open data to promote biodiversity conservation.
JULY 17, 2020 | Forbes
The global impact of COVID-19 is teaching us something scientists have known for centuries. “We are part of the biodiversity of this planet. And it's an integrated system. We know that now, right?” says Sean O’ Brien, NatureServe president and CEO. “We do not stand apart from the rest of the biota and the rest of the chemistry and physics of the planet.”
JUNE 19, 2020 | Belt Magazine
“If you go back to the Seventies, when the Endangered Species Act was passed, the government didn’t really put into place a system of collecting and evaluating data to see what’s on the list,” O’Brien said. “NatureServe essentially fulfills that role.”
MAY 20, 2020 | Geospatial World
"We know the expertise and technology exist to drastically change the way we coexist with nature. Eventually, corporations and governments with deep resources in technology will have to answer to their customers, constituents and citizens to create scalable change."
NatureServe Releases the Map of Biodiversity Importance, a Map Collection Supported by Esri and Microsoft
MAY 1, 2020 | ArcWatch
To make that data even more useful for users who make critical conservation and land–use decisions, NatureServe just launched the Map of Biodiversity Importance, developed with help from the NatureServe Network programs, Esri, Microsoft, and The Nature Conservancy.
APRIL 16, 2020 | GreenBiz
"We can see the locations that matter the most for biodiversity," said Dawn Wright, chief scientist at Esri, noting that 90 percent of Americans live within 30 miles of an area of high biodiversity importance. And using maps such as the one created by NatureServe, the public and private sector can consider the concept of "geodesign" — where nature is a stakeholder — in future projects.