1. NatureServe
    Chief Zoologist & Senior Conservation Scientist
    (703) 908-1805

    Bruce Young has over 20 years of experience in biodiversity conservation throughout the Americas. He coordinates NatureServe’s Botany and Zoology programs, the premier source for conservation status information for over 36,000 North American species. Dr Young has led or co-led projects to develop digital distribution maps of all Western Hemisphere birds, mammals, and amphibians; assess the extinction risk of the world’s amphibians; and map the distribution of endemic plant and animal species and ecological systems of the Eastern Andean Slope and the Amazon Basin in Peru and Bolivia in support of conservation planning in the region. More recently he has turned his attention to the threat that climate change poses to biodiversity, developing a popular index to rapidly assess the vulnerability of species to climate change and leading an effort to share lessons learned and develop priorities for the incorporation of climate change into tropical conservation planning. Dr. Young holds a B.A. in Biology from Cornell University and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington, and has published 44 papers in scientific journals.

  1. NatureServe Alumni
    Lead Botanist
    (703) 908-1804
  1. NatureServe
    Senior Ecologist & Conservation Methods Coordinator
    (703) 908-1816

    Don Faber-Langendoen is Senior Ecologist and Conservation Methods Coordinator for NatureServe. He works closely with the NatureServe Network across North America and partners in Latin America to advance NatureServe’s mission of management and conservation of at-risk species and ecosystems. He has collaborated with state, federal agency, and international partners on standardized methods for classifying the diversity of ecosystems (through the International Vegetation Classification), and assessing their conservation status and ecological integrity. He serves as Editor-in-Chief for the Ecological Society of America’s USNVC Peer Review Board and co-chairs the CNVC Committee. He has assisted the Network on projects from Great Lakes marsh restoration to forest and wetland surveys, U.S. National Park vegetation mapping, and mangrove management. Prior to his work with NatureServe, Don conducted research in tallgrass prairies and oak savannas, and tropical forests in Colombia and Madagascar. He lives in Syracuse, New York.

  1. NatureServe
    Director, Science Info Resources
    (617) 287-7183


Conservation Status

Determining which species and ecosystems are thriving and which are rare or declining is crucial for targeting conservation toward elements of biodiversity in greatest need. NatureServe and its network members use a suite of factors to assess the conservation status of plants, animals, and ecological systems and communities.

Nodding yucca (Yucca cernua) is a G1 species, known from fewer than a dozen populations in southeast Texas. Photo by Sam Sheline | NatureServe.
  1. Modeling Landscape Condition

    ProductStandards & MethodsData & Maps
  2. Conservation and Management of North American Bumble Bees

    PublicationScientific Report
  3. NatureServe Explorer®

    ProductData & Maps
  4. A Watershed Assessment in North Carolina, USA

  5. Ecoregional Assessment with NatureServe Vista

  6. Building Capacity for Addressing Climate Change in Andean Conservation Efforts