There has been a great amount of scientific research done throughout The Bahamas over the past decades. However, much of the information on the natural history of this country was accessible only through libraries overseas or by paying for access to journals. Conferences are a great avenue for getting this important information to the resource managers, decision-makers and the public at large. The Bahamas Natural History Conference (BNHC) is the first of its kind on New Providence and aims to disseminate information to government officials, students and the general public.
The first Bahamas Natural History Conference was held in March 2013 under the theme, “Highlighting the Importance of Research, Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship”, and attracted local and international researchers, educators, natural resource managers, students, and naturalists. With over 100 abstracts received, the conference created a forum to encourage interdisciplinary research and conservation in The Bahamas. Many attendees attested that this conference marked the beginning of a more direct dialogue between the scientific community and national decision-makers.
OVERALL CONFERENCE GOAL
The goal of the conference is to inspire new avenues of research and cooperation across disciplines while highlighting the benefits of research of the environment, economy, and human society of The Bahamas.