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New Map Identifies Conservation Priorities in Madagascar

Two MacArthur Fellows have created a new map of conservation priorities in Madagascar, among the world’s most significant biodiversity hotspots and a focus of MacArthur’s conservation grantmaking. With funding from the Foundation, Patricia Wright ...

Group Discovers 14 Plant Species New to Nepal

The Ethnobotanical Society of Nepal (ESON), which is supported by MacArthur, has discovered 14 plant species new to the nation. ESON President Dr. Krishna Shrestha and a survey team recorded the status, richness, and diversity of ...

New Madagascar Conservation Map Protects Maximum Number of Species in Biodiversity Hot Spot

An international team of researchers has developed a remarkable new roadmap for finding and protecting the best remaining holdouts for thousands of rare species that live only in Madagascar.

New Species of Elephant-Shrew Discovered in Tanzania

Scientists supported by MacArthur grantee the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund have discovered a new species of elephant-shrew in a remote Tanzanian forest.

2008 WOLA Report Shows Anti-Drug Fumigation in Colombia Failing

Intensive aerial herbicide spraying of coca crops in Colombia has backfired badly, contributing to the spread of coca cultivation and cocaine production to new areas of the country and threatening human health and the environment, according ...

Encyclopedia of Life Unveils First 30,000 Pages

The first 30,000 pages of an online Encyclopedia of Life were unveiled today for public “alpha” testing and feedback.

Agreement Protects Ecological Reserve in Ecuador

Fundacion Maquipucuna, a MacArthur grantee that works to secure sustainable livelihoods for rural communities in northwest Ecuador, recently reached an agreement that will help it protect the 500,000-acre Cotocachi-Cayapas Ecological Reserve. Maquipucuna acquired the title ...

11 New Species Found in Vietnam

Eleven new plant and animal species were discovered by scientists of the World Wildlife Fund, a MacArthur grantee, in a remote area of central Vietnam. The new discoveries include a snake, five orchids and two butteries ...

New Area Added to Colombia’s National Parks System

In August, Churumbelos Auka Wasi was added to Colombia’s premier national parks system thanks to the technical assistance of two MacArthur grantees, World Wildlife Fund and the Amazon Conservation Team.

New Species Discovered in Democratic Republic of Congo

An expedition by MacArthur grantee Wildlife Conservation Society to a remote corner of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has uncovered forests containing six new animal species: a bat, a rodent, two shrews, and two frogs.

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Portrait of Stephanie Platz

Stephanie Platz

Managing Director, Programs
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Kate Barnes

Senior Program Officer
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Claire Poelking

Program Associate
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Elsa Leon

Grants Manager

Media Contact

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Sean Harder

Communications Officer

Evaluation Contact

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Chantell Johnson

Managing Director, Evaluation
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