Institute for Neotropical Conservation





The mission of the Institute for Neotropical Conservation is to conserve the biological diversity and cultural heritage of the new world tropics.   Created by a consortium of scientists, educators and conservation professionals, the Institute advances the ecological health of marine and terrestrial ecosystems and promotes the economic sustainability of parks, protected areas and the human communities that depend upon them.


The operational model developed by the Institute of Neotropical Conservation integrates the social and natural sciences into a not-for-profit research and technical assistance program for wildlife management and rescue, park and protected areas planning, sustainable development and ecotourism.  The Institute's highly respected scientists are experts in their respective fields.

Partnerships and Projects

Panamerican Conservation Association

EcoParque Panama

U.S. Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

Market analysis of Cruise Ship tourists in Central America and the Caribbean

Improving conservation NGO effectiveness in Central America 


View a list of selected publications by Neotropical Conservation Institute scientists and researchers.





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Wildlife Management



Board of Directors

Andrew D. Carver, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Forestry, Southern Illinois University

Visiting Scientist   USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry

John G. Lee, Ph.D.        Professor                      Department of Agricultural Economics, Purdue University

Brooke Beadles Thurau, M.S. Research Scientist      Socio-Ecological Resource Planning, Inc.

Advisory Board

Marius Lazdinis, Ph.D.      Forest Policy Officer      European Commission

Josefina Pulice de Correa Professor and Director,         Department of Zoology University of Panama

Charles Owubah, Ph.D.      Board of Directors,       Pinchot Institute

East Africa Regional Program Leader, World Vision





Parks and Protected Areas

Sustainable Development and EcoTourism