Donor Contributions at Work

The following are representative examples of the type of scientific, resource management and conservation impacts you can support through donations to NCEAS.

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The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has contributed to a number of NCEAS projects, including one that provides tools for managing the extraordinary natural resources in Kruger National Park in South Africa. NCEAS researchers and students developed and successfully deployed cutting-edge computational tools to study and manage Cape buffalo, elephants, and Park vegetation. The tool was designed to be used by Park managers, and is adaptable to a wide variety of management issues in Kruger and elsewhere.

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The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation has contributed to a NCEAS project in which scientists identify, rank, and map human threats and impacts on marine ecosystems in the California Current. By synthesizing anticipated impacts of threats, project participants developed a model of the distribution and magnitude of human threats in the California Current that can be used as a decision making tool for scientists and policy makers. This project is one of a number of projects to which this foundation contributed.

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The David and Lucile Packard Foundation has supported a variety of marine-focused NCEAS projects. One project that has received their support informs the design and implementation of Ecosystem-based management of coastal marine systems. This grant supports both the deep analysis necessary to understand this multifaceted management issue, and the development of technological tools that increase the efficiency of large teams of collaborating researchers. Such cutting-edge software allows large research groups to work more swiftly toward the acquisition of the knowledge that is necessary for the wise management of natural resources.

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The Nature Conservancy has supported several NCEAS projects focused on understanding the ecological and economic impacts of invasive species, including a comprehensive examination of the economic impacts of non-native forest pests and pathogens in North America. This project developed least cost and greatest benefit approaches that can be implemented by practitioners and inform decisions regarding alternative strategies for controlling forest invaders.

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