BNHC 2018

The theme for BNHC 2018, Pathways to Conservation, emphasizes the need to align the multidisciplinary approach with diverse sectors together to ensure successful conservation success of natural resources in The Bahamas. It is known that conservation achievement cannot happen through the advancement of science alone, and likewise, policy change cannot be embraced without public support. It is the integration of these different and complex components that are the Pathways to Conservation Success. The conference is set to take place March 19-22 at the Baha Mar Convention Centre.


Dr. J. Drew Lanham

Drew is a professor of wildlife at Clemson University, where he holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His research focuses on songbird ecology, as well as the African-American role in natural-resources conservation. A South Carolina native, Drew is active on a number of conservation boards, including the South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Audubon South Carolina, the Aldo Leopold Foundation, BirdNote, and the American Birding Association, and he is a member of the advisory board for the North American Association of Environmental Education. He was most recently named a 2016 Brandwein Fellow for his work in environmental education, and he has also been a fellow of Toyota TogetherGreen and the Clemson University Institute for Parks. Drew is also an author and award-nominated poet; his first solo work, The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, was published in 2016. Drew received his B.A. and M.S. in Zoology, and his Ph.D. in Forest Resources, from Clemson.


Matt Rand

Matt Rand directs the Pew Bertarelli Ocean Legacy Project. He works with citizens, governments, and scientists around the world to protect and conserve some of the Earth’s most important and unspoiled marine environments.

Previously, Rand directed global shark conservation for Pew and spent 10 years with the National Environmental Trust, primarily managing the Conserve Our Ocean Legacy campaign, which achieved reforms of the marine conservation requirements in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the U.S. fishery law. He also led a campaign to oppose biotechnology in agriculture. In addition, Rand worked at the Environmental Defense Fund as the senior director of campaigns in the oceans program.

Rand is an avid recreational fisherman and diver.


 OpenDeadlineNotification of AcceptanceNotification of Session Scheduling
Abstracts (Oral and Posters)November 1, 2017December 22, 2017January 5, 2018February 16, 2018
Meetings and Workshops RFPNovember 17, 2017December 22, 2017January 5, 2018February 16, 2018
Presenter Online RegistrationNovember 17, 2017January 26, 2018
Fieldtrip BookingsNovember 17, 2017March 9, 2018