Author Profiles


I launched Conservation Maven in July 2009 to provide an online hub where conservation practitioners, researchers, educators and students can stay connected to what's going on in the field. The site profiles the latest groundbreaking conservation studies, field news, books and funding opportunities.

I came up with the idea while working at Solano Land Trust in Northern California. I wanted to help people in the conservation field stay better connected to new information - particularly new studies. Below, I outline the different features of the site. If you have any ideas for the site, please contact me.

--Rob Goldstein, New York, New York


Every week we profile new studies related to conservation. Since conservation can get very specialized, we try to profile research that we think has broad applicability and appeal. If you are interested in a particular topic, we encourage you to check out the original source - we always provide a link.

We frequently write the briefs ourselves, but we also run summaries put out by the researchers or cross-post briefs published by another blog. We always attribute the source of the article.

If you are interested in profiling your research on Conservation Maven please contact us. If we do not have time to review your study, we may ask you to send us a summary or press release. If you are interested in cross-posting a research brief from your blog, please let us know. We would love to showcase your work.


We launched a funding board to try and keep people connected with the latest government and foundation grants related to conservation. However, we have put the funding board on hiatus, due to a lack of time.


In our opinion, the greatest thing about the web is the democratization of media. In the video library we compile super-cool conservation videos that people and organizations are putting out on the web. We always link back to the organization (when we know who it is). On the front page, we sometimes profile the latest addition to the library. If you have a super-cool video that you would like to profile on the site, please contact us. 


From time to time, we write book reviews for the site, interview authors of interesting books, and post listings of the latest new releases in conservation. 



What do you mean by the term, "Conservation?"
We use the term 'Conservation,' very broadly to refer to the study, preservation, restoration and/or management of ecosystems, their components, and functions with the objective of maintaining or improving their health.

How can I get my research spotlighted on Conservation Maven?
If you're a scientist or journal putting out research that is groundbreaking, unique, fascinating, and/or important for the conservation community to hear about, then we wholeheartedly encourage you to contact us and we'll spotlight your work on our site. Start off by sending us a link to your abstract, and we'll probably follow up with a few questions.

How can I get my conservation work spotlighted on Conservation Maven?
If you're an organization that's just accomplished a key conservation milestone, made an important discovery, developed a new method, or done any work that you think the conservation community should know about, please contact us. Start off by sending us a brief summary of your accomplishment (press releases are fine), and we'll probably follow up with a few questions.

What is the Conservation Maven newsletter? How do I subscribe? How do I unsubscribe?

Conservation Maven offers a semi-weekly e-newsletter: The Weekly Maven.

  • The Weekly Maven highlights the latest conservation research, field updates, and book reviews. To subscribe to our newsletters: click here

You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking on the unsubscribe link in any of the newsletter emails.

What are RSS Feeds? How do I subscribe to them?
RSS Feeds allow you to subscribe to the updates to websites and view them in a single RSS Feed Reader on your computer. We offer an RSS Feed subscription to the daily update of research news, field briefs, and book reviews). The updates to these sections will appear in your RSS Reader (if you don't have an RSS Reader, you can do the following search to find one). To subscribe to any of Conservation Maven's RSS Feeds, just click on the one you want and follow the directions.