Transformative and Actionable
Science to Improve
Conservation Outcomes

The goal of our Research and Discovery Program is to co-produce actionable science with diverse stakeholders that improves conservation outcomes. We are practicing transformative science that engages multiple knowledge systems, disciplines, and people to solve conservation challenges from local to global scales. Our Research Program advances a new model of science that engages multiple people, disciplines, and knowledge systems to define conservation challenges and co-design research that contributes to conservation solutions, improved livelihoods, and new knowledge. Our transformative science approach empowers communities to improve ecosystem conditions and human well-being.

In Colorado, the CCC’s Associate Director Maria Fernández-Giménez co-leads a team of ranchers, conservationists, government land managers and researchers who seek to both improve ranching profits and conserve grassland birds by using a novel adaptive grazing management approach.

We have identified 140+ long-term collaborative and multi-stakeholder initiatives working across the state on many different kinds and combinations of natural resource and environmental issues. Our research continues on how and why collaboratives get started, and what organizational models they adopt to achieve their shared objectives.

In Alaska, we are working with Alaskan scientists as they work with local Inuit and Athabaskan communities to do truly community-driven science blended with Alaska Native knowledge on moose, salmon and berry harvesting.

Discover Program Impacts

Collaborated with 150+ communities on research

91 collaborative conservation partner researchers

170 Colorado collaboratives identified

1st national conference on collaborative conservation

90 speakers and panels

88 publications