Author: Leila Nilipour

Leila Nilipour

Leila Nilipour is a bilingual science and culture journalist based in Panama City, reporting conservation stories for the Smithsonian Conservation Commons Initiative. She won Panama's Premio Nacional de Periodismo for best cultural journalism in 2017 and curated literary and writing workshops for the 2018 Feria Internacional del Libro. She is a founding member of Concolón, Panama’s first independent NGO dedicated to the promotion of nonfiction writing in Panama.

Landscape ecologist Iara Lacher created a model to understand how land use decisions may influence nature’s ability to provide crucial services in the future. Photo credit: Ian McGregor
Many bird species of conservation concern rely on the really short grass that large grazers, such as bison, leave behind. (Andy Boyce)
Dr. Grant Connette trains participants on best practices in setting up wildlife cameras to ensure that high-quality data is collected.
The red siskin or cardenalito is inextricably linked with Venezuela’s identity, yet it is now rare in its natural habitat.
Previous Teen Earth Optimism events have engaged kids in the conversation around environmental challenges.
Snail kites' migratory behavior may be driven primarily by precipitation, as the species feeds mainly on Apple snails, which in turn rely on persistent bodies of water.
Steven Canty and Cristhian Perez of the Centro de Estudios Marinos of Honduras in the field. (Mayra Nuñez/Centro de Estudios Marinos)
Matt Ogburn, Charles Bangley, and SERC intern Michelle Edwards (L to R) surgically implant an acoustic transmitter into a juvenile Bull Shark. Credit: Jay Fleming/SERC
Kinkajou tagging in Panama Credit: Untamed Science Roland

What is the Conservation Commons?

August 29th, 2018, 3:24PM
Released Limosa Harlequin frog with radio transmitter. Courtesy Blake Klocke
Kinkajou tagging in Panama Credit: Untamed Science Roland
Dr. Autumn-Lynn Harrison, Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Credit: Mary Lewandowski, National Park Service.
Kathleen Higgins at Gamboa Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center. Credit: Sean Mattson