Global Conservation Institute was established in 2003 to develop creative science solutions for global challenges to wildlife and environmental conservation. Creative science is multi-disciplinary, innovative, inspired, and inventive. Global Conservation Institute brings together people motivated to bring change to conservation and science. We are a research and eco-literacy organization.


Wild animals are an integral part of the complex interrelationship between humans and the environment. In order to conserve habitat and wildlife, we work from multiple arenas to better understand both animal behavior and human behavior, such that the two may mutually benefit. This is done through a variety of projects involving mammals, plants and birds with a particular focus on disrupted or fragmented habitats.
Our research goal is to build on the collective breadth of science by using multi-disciplinary tools such as statistics, modeling, population biology, taxonomy, and molecular biology combined with ecological principles to answer questions important to wildlife conservation.


One of our focuses at Global Conservation Institute is on international health issues and the interconnectedness of human and animal health to the environment. The majority of emerging diseases are considered zoonotic, having both animal and human hosts, and of those an estimated 72% of emerging diseases have a wildlife component. All emerging diseases circulated within animal populations prior to human infections.
On a global scale, there has been a significant increase in emerging disease events where most of these examples are incompletely understood from a scientific and medical perspective. Agricultural animals play a critical component in the ecology of infectious diseases, as they have close contact with humans and possible contact with wildlife and the environment. Agricultural animals may also play a significant role in disease evolution through host differences and exposure to antimicrobials. Conservation of wildlife species and the environment is a public health issue.

Jeanne M. Fair, Ph.D.

President and Co-Founder

Dr. Jeanne Fair is a Regional Science Lead with the Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) within the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency. Previously, Dr. Fair was a scientist with Los Alamos National Laboratory with a focus in epidemiology and animal disease ecology. Dr. Fair was the lead epidemiologist/analyst for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Decision Support Systems Team for the Department of Homeland Security during 2005-2009 with the focus on modeling pandemic influenza and public health response to the emerging threat. Dr. Fair is the principle investigator for a long-term (19 years) research project on the impacts of contaminants on avian populations, and Editor-in-Chief of the Guidelines for the Use of Wild Birds in Research. Prior to joining CBEP, she was the Program Manager for the Long-term Strategy for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability at Los Alamos. She has a B.S. in Parasitology from University of Northern Colorado, a M.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in Biology from University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Research Interests
Comparative avian biology specializing in immunology, disease, and response to stress, including contaminants in the environment. Development of wild bird immunological techniques for investigating immunocompetence and ecological physiology in birds. Modeling of emerging and zoonotic diseases in animal and human populations. Evolutionary pressures of pathogens (metagenomics) and stress on immune function and relationship to public health. System biology approach to understanding immune function, stress, and the environment with both experimental research and modeling.

Laura K. Marsh, Ph.D.

Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Laura Marsh has worked all over the world in tropical rainforests studying everything from plants to monkeys to jaguars to people. She taught climate change education on behalf of the Department of Energy in the Arctic (North Slope of Alaska), Papua New Guinea, the Republic of Nauru, Australia, and the US. Dr. Marsh has published in professional journals on many aspects of science, conservation, and education, including two edited books called Primates in Fragments. The second volume, published in the fall of 2013, was listed as Springer's top 25% of science downloads (over 6100) for the year. Dr. Marsh's recent (summer 2014) monograph revising the taxonomy of the Pithecia genus in a special edition of Neotropical Primates is the largest revision for any Neotropical primate genus in more than half a century. She described 16 total species, 5 of them new to science. She has a B.S. in Animal Behavior with a minor in English from U.C. Davis, an M.S. in Ecological Ethnology from San Francisco State University, an M.A. and Ph.D. in tropical ecology/anthropology from Washington University, St. Louis, and a post-doc at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In addition to her science work, Dr. Marsh is The Hollywood Ecologist, answering science-y questions for film types and writers [www.hollywoodecologist.com]. All of her websites are gathered into a newly forming blogspot called Higher Cannibalism [www.highercannibalism.com].

Research Interests
Primates in fragmented landscapes, including the development of a Primates in Fragments Global Action Plan with Conservation International and the Primate Specialist Group/IUCN. Leading expeditions to study, survey, and discover saki monkeys in the Amazon, especially Pithecia vanzolinii, a saki that was collected in the 1930s, but has not been seen alive since. She is particularly interested in working on both a feature and documentary film of the namesake of one of the newly described species, Pithecia isabela, named for the remarkable and courageous Isabel Gramesón Godin, considered "the first woman of the Amazon," who lived in Colonial Peru (now Ecuador) in the 18th century and was the lone survivor of a grueling, 42-person, 3,000-mile expedition from her city in the Andes, all the way across the Amazon basin to French Guiana.

Peter C. Beeson, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Dr. Beeson earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in civil engineering from Penn State University and a B.S. in geology from Bates College. For over twenty years, Dr. Beeson has worked to incorporate GIS and remote sensing into hydrologic models ranging from simulating effects of wildfires on water capacity to the effects of agricultural practices on water quality. His experience has included projects for Los Alamos National Laboratory and the US Department of Agriculture in seven different states and Mexico. He’s currently working for USDA’s Economic Research Service mapping tillage and cover crop practices across the US to study peer-effects in adoption behaviors of producers.

Research Interests
Integrated hydrologic modeling predicting water quality and quantity responses to changing environments, agro-eco-hydrology benefits to cropping systems from conservation practices, algal biofuel production, pervious pavement systems, and storm water bioremediation.

GCI Board of Directors and Staff

Mark Jankowsky, Ph.D., Ecotoxicologist at Minnesota Pollution Control Agency
Chuck Hathcock, MS, Ecologist and Ornithologist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Shayna Whitaker, DVM, Veterinarian and Field Assistant
Sam Loftin, Ph.D., Watersheds and Botonist, Los Alamos National Laboratory
Steve Fettig, MS, Wildlife Specialist, Bandolier National Monument


BIRDNET: www.nmnh.si.edu/BIRDNET/guide/


ALL THE WORLD'S PRIMATES: alltheworldsprimates.org

Primate Specialist Group: www.primate-sg.org

International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN): www.iucnredlist.org

Global Conservation Institute is a 501(c)3 and your appreciated donations are tax deductible in the United States. Thank you for contributing to Creative Science!


10-16 August 2014

International Primatological Society meetings and presentations, Hanoi, Vietnam.

26 August 2014

5 new species of saki announced in press release. Click to download in PDF format.

2015, June-August

Expedition into Alto Rio Jurua, Brazil, with Conservation International, Primate Conservation Inc., BBC, and others TBA.

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Global Conservation Institute
156 County Road 113
Santa Fe, NM 87506 USA
Tel: 011.505.455.0145

Dr. Jeanne M. Fair: jmfair@global-conservation.org
Dr. Laura K. Marsh: lkmarsh@global-conservation.org

All photos on this page were taken by LKM and JMF (c) GCI 2014. Photos may be used only by permission.