Applied Conservation Research at NCC

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is a science-based organization that uses the best available information to identify priority conservation actions. Scientific research helps focus our conservation work and improves our communication with partners, supporters and decision-makers.

NCC staff use applied research to identify conservation priorities, evaluate threats to biodiversity and compare the effectiveness of conservation strategies. Applied research helps us confirm when our conservation efforts are working as intended. It also allows us to adapt and improve when they are not. Applied research helps by developing new technologies and strategies that enhance the conservation of Canada’s biodiversity.

Contributing to an understanding of Canada’s biodiversity

At NCC, we contribute to the knowledge of Canada’s biodiversity by identifying and documenting occurrences of rare species and ecosystems in the natural areas where we work. When the status of a rare species or the effectiveness of our conservation strategies is unknown, we engage in research to close these knowledge gaps so that we can revise and improve our practices.

Research partnership opportunities with NCC

Often, we engage in research in partnership with researchers from academic or governmental institutions, or our other environmental non-governmental organization partners. The pages in this section outline some of our current research projects, the partners involved, our research priorities and opportunities to engage and contribute.

New student research opportunity

"Forest regeneration after disturbance": MSc position at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in partnership with NCC.

Contact us

If you are interested in partnering with NCC on a conservation research project, please email Samantha Knight.

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