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.


Imperiled Species

For four decades, NatureServe and its network members led the development of the scientific information people need to understand and protect the wild plants and animals with which we share our planet.


A baby diamondback terrapin (Malaclemys terrapin). Photo by Chesapeake Bay Program.

The focus of our work is on

  • Assessing the condition of plants and animals to determine which are rare or imperiled, and in greatest need of conservation
  • Conducting field inventories to document where these species are found and to identify the habitats they need to survive
  • Making our scientific information available to help target endangered species protection efforts and to help direct development activities away from sensitive habitats


  1. NatureServe Explorer®

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  2. Species Habitat Modeling

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  3. Biodiversity Indicators Partnership Dashboard

  4. Climate Change Vulnerability Index

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  5. Custom Data Services

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  6. NatureServe in Action

  7. Field Inventory and Assessment

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