About Us

Who We Are

The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) provides scientific expertise to support the conservation and recovery of biological diversity in its natural state through applied research, education, planning, and community service. We utilize GIS and remote sensing data to conduct assessments and planning in support of conservation projects globally.


We are working to conserve the diversity of life on this planet through applied conservation research and education. We conduct research - alone or in collaboration with others - to actively seek creative new ways to address a wide range of ecological problems from endangered species to regional conservation planning.  We develop innovative conservation tools, techniques, and analyses to help organizations, agencies, and companies utilize the best available conservation evidence.  

Major Accomplishments

  • Developed an innovative and successful web-based conservation data sharing system called Data Basin.
  • Provided scientific expertise and leadership in conserving the Tejon Ranch, California
  • Published the first national protected areas database for the United States (see: PAD-US CBI Edition) and partner in producing the first national conservation easement database (NCED)
  • Advanced the science and application of the High Conservation Value (HCV) concept for forests throughout the world (e.g.,  FSC Gateway)
  • Planning and assessments tools to support ecologically sustainable renewable energy development in Tehachapi Mountains

History and Philosophy 

The Conservation Biology Institute (CBI) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) founded in 1997 in Corvallis, Oregon. At CBI, we believe that saving the natural treasures on this planet is of paramount importance, and we feel a world without things "natural, wild, and free" is a lonely and dangerous one for our present and future generations. We are committed as scientists and as human beings to doing our best to create a better future. We believe humanity is responsible for the current ecological crisis, but we also believe humanity can create an alternative future - one that benefits all life. By blending our talents and skills with others who share our passion, we hope to contribute to finding solutions to conservation's greatest challenges.


2012 - Seal of transparency and accountability in the nonprofit sector 
2012 - CBI ranked as one of the best non-profit workplaces in Oregon 
CBI acknowledged by ESRI in 2004 and 2009 for using GIS to improve the world.
2008 Wildlife Society Western Section "Wayne Spencer:  Conservationist of the Year"

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