2018 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment
The Field Museum of Chicago (the Museum) is an educational institution with an active exhibition and public education program, and an academic institution with more than 100 years of experience in conducting scientific research and fieldwork. It is one of the largest natural history museums in the world. The Museum’s 38 permanent and six temporary exhibitions are designed to spark curiosity about life on Earth, its origins, and how its future can be protected. This award recommends renewed general operating support to the Museum.
2016 • 2 years, 3 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development
This grant inaugurates a new partnership between two recognized leaders in biodiversity research and conservation. The Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center translates scientific knowledge into conservation action, and since 1999 has helped protect 23 million acres of wilderness in the tropical Andes. Dr. Walter Jetz, director of Yale University’s Program in Spatial Biodiversity, is the leading force behind one of the world's leading online platforms for biodiversity informatics (Map of Life). Together, the Field Museum and Yale are empowering the park services and wildlife agencies of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia to improve conservation actions by harnessing better information about biodiversity. The online dashboards they are developing will provide park managers with demand-driven, actionable biodiversity information and foster more accurate and efficient reporting of information to the global Convention on Biological Diversity and the public.
2015 • 3 years, 8 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development
The Field Museum’s Keller Science Action Center integrates biological inventory and cultural preservation in the tropical Andes through an “assets-based conservation” process. Resulting Quality of Life Plans use cultural values, local knowledge and social and organizational structures to establish community conservation areas and heighten the chance that traditional livelihoods will survive outside pressures. This project magnifies previous successes by training a broad base of stakeholders to use the “asset-based conservation” approach independently with indigenous and traditional communities across the Peruvian Amazon.
2014 • 2 years • Chicago Commitment
In support of an artistic exchange with the Phillippines. Drawing on the Field's collection, twelve new works of visual art will be created and shared with audiences in both communities.
2013 • 5 years • Chicago Commitment
The Field Museum is one of Chicago’s world class institutions. It is both an educational institution with an active exhibition and public education program and an academic institution with more than 100 years of experience in conducting research and fieldwork. The Field Museum’s permanent and temporary exhibitions occupy about 300,000 square feet. Its collection contains over 25 million biological and anthropological objects. More than 1.3 million people visit the Museum annually, including 400,000 students and 5,000 teachers. The exhibitions and educational programs are informed by research from the Museum’s 28 tenured scientists and others who represent a broad range of disciplines.
2012 • 2 years • Conservation & Sustainable Development
The Environment, Culture, and Conservation Program of the Field Museum of Chicago integrates biological inventory and cultural preservation objectives in the Tropical Andes through an “assets-based conservation” process. The project will apply this approach in indigenous territories strategically located near Ampiyacu-Apayacu and Sierra de Divisor conservation landscapes in Northeastern Peru. Quality of Life plans will use cultural values, local knowledge and social and organizational structures to establish community conserved areas and heighten the chance that traditional livelihoods will survive outside pressures.
2010 • 5 years, 6 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development
To involve local communities in conserving critical habitats that lack official protection and to build Malagasy capacity for conservation biology (over three years).
2009 • 4 years, 5 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development
To define the effects of climate change on the genetic diversity of birds and small mammals in the Albertine Rift and analyze how these changes relate to the spread of disease-carrying parasites from wildlife to humans (over three years).
2009 • 5 years, 7 months • Conservation & Sustainable Development
To assess impacts of climate change on Madagascar's endemic biota (over three years).
2008 • 1 year • Digital Media & Learning
To use virtual worlds to build scientific literacy and knowledge of sustainable development.