The Center for Integrative Conservation Research (CICR) was established in January 2007 to respond, through research and training, to one of the key challenges facing conservation today: identifying conservation practices and policies that simultaneously preserve biodiversity and serve human needs. CICR promotes the synthesis of social and biological science research methods and conceptual approaches in conservation through an integrative approach to conservation research. With the remarkable breadth of conservation expertise at UGA, CICR serves as a bridge between faculty and students from different disciplines and units on campus.

Since 2007, CICR has received over $1,300,000 in external funding from the MacArthur Foundation, National Science Foundation, and other sources in support of its research activities. CICR is a Center of Excellence within the Owens Institute of Behavioral Research (OIBR); OIBR manages CICR’s non-training grants and administrative personnel. CICR reports to Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and receives operating budget oversight from the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. The Integrative Conservation (ICON) PhD program, which CICR coordinates, is administered by the Graduate School.