News and Updates

SMSC Becomes an AZA Learning Partner

Posted: March 1, 2016 at 10:42 am, Last Updated: October 5, 2016 at 11:08 am

The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation is excited to announce their new status as a Learning Partner in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Professional Development Certificate Program. These certificates are offered in a range of different specialty areas or “concentrations” including Behavioral Husbandry, Education & Interpretation and Management & Operations. Certificate concentrations involve more than 100 hours of training, and are completed by choosing from a range of elective courses of different types, from core in-person courses offered by AZA, to webinars, workshops and courses run by Learning Partners.

SMSC welcomes Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger, our first Visiting Consortium Scholar!

Posted: February 18, 2016 at 10:13 am

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Robyn Puffenbarger from Bridgewater College will be our first Visiting Consortium Scholar in Spring 2016.  Bridgewater College is a member of the SMSC consortium of schools, and has sent 9 students through the SMSC semester program. Robyn will be on campus 1-2 days per week, and will be working with SMSC faculty and staff to identify areas of collaboration between our organizations. 

Dr. Puffenbarger received her B.S. In Biology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Immunology from …

Meet the winners of our spring 2016 ConocoPhillips Water and Biodiversity Stewardship scholarship

Posted: October 10, 2014 at 3:15 pm, Last Updated: February 9, 2016 at 1:12 pm

Congratulations to our spring 2016 ConocoPhillips Water and Biodiversity Stewardship Scholarship winners; Madeline Evans, Ashley Fortner and Maritza Rivas. Follow along with our students as they blog about their involvement in the undergraduate semester program here at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.

Reduced Course Fees Now Available for Applicants from “Less Developed” Nations

Posted: December 15, 2013 at 2:49 pm, Last Updated: January 15, 2014 at 2:33 pm

The School of Conservation is excited to announce that citizens of “less-developed nations” may now take advantage of significantly reduced course fees for our professional training courses. The School feels strongly that professionals working to conserve biodiversity and natural ecosystems should have access to our programs from anywhere around the globe. We hope these reduced rates allow us to provide our unique training opportunities to even more professionals from some of the world’s most biodiverse countries, increasing SMSC’s positive impact on global conservation efforts.

Although there is no single agreed-upon standard …

Alumni Highlights: Orville Grey and Jamaica’s commitment to climate change adaptation

Posted: November 12, 2013 at 12:38 pm, Last Updated: November 15, 2013 at 2:40 pm

After more than 5 years of preparation and planning, Jamaica has recently established a new Division of its national government specifically focused on Climate Change. The new Climate Change Division now resides within the renamed Ministry of Land, Water, Environment and Climate Change. Broadly the Division is tasked with coordinating climate change issues and goals across all levels of the government, the NGO community and private sector. One of the first key roles of the Division will be to establish a national climate change database that will serve …