Dr. Nicky Anthony’s strong research interests in evolutionary biology and conservation genetics have led her and her students to the tropical lowlands of Central Africa, islands in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, and closer to home in Louisiana. In her talk, she will outline the goals and main findings of a major international conservation effort in Central Africa known as the "Central African Biodiversity Alliance". Initiated with her collaborators in 2013, the main aim of this project is to map patterns of environmentally-associated genetic and morphological variation in a suite of central African rainforest taxa and use these data to predict where populations may have the best capacity to adapt to climate change. In tandem with these research efforts, she and her collaborators have organized a wide range of capacity building initiatives including professional development workshops, international field schools and policy outreach events. In closing, she will also describe a collaborative venture between UNO and the Audubon Nature Institute to improve wildlife sustainability in threatened ecosystems and outline ways in which funding from this initiative has been used to stimulate student training and research.