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UConn Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series on Nature & the Environment

September 21, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Extreme Conservation – A Planet without Glaciers
Dr. Joel Berger, Cox Chair of Conservation Biology; Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, Colorado State University
Thursday, September 21, 4 pm – Konover Auditorium, Dodd Research Center, UConn, Storrs, CT
No registration required – FREE
The world’s landscapes have amazing diversity: hot and tropical, cold and non-peopled, temperate and increasingly peopled. Some 95% of the world’s humans live below 1000 meters and 99% beyond the Arctic. The clan of snow oxen, a species of goat-antelope ancestry, is reflective of species of the remote and cold, untrammeled and wild zones. Dr. Berger’s talk will offer a sense of the magnificence and challenge confronting species persisting at the extreme edges of the world – from its roof on the Tibetan Plateau to its top in the Asian and American Arctic. Three vignettes will be featured: 1) The importance of periglacial zones to wild species, 2) the relevance and limits of science to actionable conservation, and 3) the emergence of novel predator-prey relationships where sea ice diminishes. It is only when we rethink how to do better by moving beyond modern technology alone and coalescing groundwork with insights from people on the land, that we will improve upon our successes.

Joel Berger’s fascination with biodiversity began in California, a place he was soon to depart. He’s written five books including Horn of Darkness and The Better to Eat You With, received life-time achievement awards from the Society of Conservation Biology, American Society of Mammalogists, and is an elected fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Sciences. He works with species larger than a bread box. Although fond of disappearing into Central Asia, this past winter (2016) it was to a remote island in the Russian Arctic, which can be read about in his article published in U.S. News and World Report, “The Unlikely Diplomats – The return of the muskoxen to Alaska marks at least one success for U.S.-Russia relations”. – 860.486.4460

The Edwin Way Teale Lecture Series brings leading scholars and scientists to the University of Connecticut to present public lectures on nature and the environment.


September 21, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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