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"Conservation in a world of use — present and future"

Kent Redford
Principal, Archipelago Consulting
Formerly Chief Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society

Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

"Kent is the professional embodiment of everything I love about Bren: he seeks to develop workable solutions, he blends disciplines to create more relevant and durable outcomes, and he works to connect the academic community to the practicing community. Kent calls on a wealth of experience and perspectives to offer fascinating insights on the latest strategies within the field of environmental conservation." — Claire Phillips, student host

The practice of conservation has gone through a variety of phases.  Starting with an approach that viewed use as incompatible with conservation, it has recently entered a phase in which conservation is commonly believed to be successful only if justified in terms of its direct use to humans.  The future of synthetic biology may even further focus conservation on "use."  In this talk, I will examine this trend, looking at several recently popular approaches based on such human use and reflecting on their effectiveness in conserving biodiversity.

Kent H. Redford is Principal at Archipelago Consulting, which he established in 2012. As Chief Scientist at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), he led the institute that worked across WCS to: 1) identify emerging trends and help establish programs to address them and 2) identify key topics within the institution that needed to be shared with outside audiences. He created and was the senior editor on “State of the Wild” a biennial publication that surveyed the art and practice of conservation; led a series of focused horizon-scanning workshops on key issues that confront the practice of conservation; and led the group that was responsible for reestablishing the American Bison Society and developing a 100-year vision for bison ecological restoration. He received his PhD in Biology from Harvard University in 1978. Previously, he spent a decade on the faculty at University of Florida, where he co-founded the Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation and the Tropical Conservation and Development Programs. He also spent five years working for the International Program of The Nature Conservancy. There, he ran the Parks in Peril Program and helped start TNC’s eco-regional program. He has written numerous articles and books on national parks, local peoples, conservation, and wildlife.

NOTE: Community colloquia are generally talks of broad interest geared toward a diverse, sophisticated audience. Their purpose is not only to enhance knowledge and understanding, but also to bring people together and promote interaction that will strengthen the community.


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