Ingrid Haeckel, a Doctoral Student in the Department of Geography and The Environment, received the Best Presentation Award at this years SCCS-NY Symposium, the Student Conference on Conservation Science in New York City. The symposium specifically targets those pursuing or considering a profession in conservation science. SCCS-NY is a unique opportunity for those beginning their careers to present their work before established leaders in science, policy, and management.
Haeckel’s presentation titled, Sustaining the Religious Bromeliad Harvest in Central Mexico, presented her research on the sustainability of traditional plant harvesting practices for religious customs in central Mexico. Her research seeks to understand the challenges to endangered species conservation in a a cultural context. She presented results from her recent field work, in which she empirically assessed the impact of harvesting the epiphytic bromeliads, a valuable ornamental plant.