A Globalized Approach

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to facilitating, promoting, and advancing the scientific study and conservation of biological diversity. While our historical roots were founded in the field of biology, we recognize that conservation in today’s complex world requires a globalized approach that maximizes collaboration amongst professionals from all fields.  With more than 4,000 members worldwide, professionals, students, organizations, and supporters collaborate together in a way that transcends borders to advance the SCB vision and mission.


The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) envisions a world where people understand, value, and conserve the diversity of life on Earth. We envision SCB, a globally diverse, equitable, and inclusive community of professionals, students, organizations, and supporters, as a leading voice for the scientific study and conservation of Earth's biological diversity.


The Society for Conservation Biology advances the science and practice of conserving Earth's biological diversity.

Organizational Values

The Society for Conservation Biology holds these values:

  • There is intrinsic value in the natural diversity of organisms, the complexity of ecological systems, and the resilience created by evolutionary processes.
  • Human-caused extinctions and the destruction and loss of function of natural ecosystems are unacceptable.
  • Maintaining and restoring biological diversity are individual and collective responsibilities of humans.
  • Science is critical for understanding how the natural world operates and how human actions affect nature.
  • Collaboration among scientists, academics, practitioners, managers, educators, communicators, and policy-makers is vital to incorporate high-quality science into policies and management decisions affecting biological diversity.
  • We recognize the importance of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community in addressing the worlds’ global challenges to maintaining biological diversity.
Strategic Priorities

In service to the mission, vision, and values, we focus on these five strategic priorities:

  1. Facilitate the creation and dissemination of conservation science.
  2. Advance the application of conservation science to management, policy and education.
  3. Empower Sections, Committees, Working Groups & Chapters to build local, national & international capacity.
  4. Build organizational capacity to maintain robust & sustainable economic & business models.
  5. Enhance services to meet current & potential member needs.
History of SCB

See a timeline of key moments in SCB History.