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"What's with all the fuss about the 'New Conservation'?
Exposing the crucial scientific questions that must be answered — and fast."

Peter Kareiva
Vice President and Chief Scientist
The Nature Conservancy

Monday, January 13, 2014
11:30 - 12:30
Bren Hall 1414

Peter Kareiva is one of the most accomplished ecologists working today. He has transitioned from university research and teaching to leading government agency research and management, and as the lead scientist for The Nature Conservancy, he integrates quantitative science with policy and management to improve environmental stewardship and problem solving. His presentations are unique and inspiring.

Hunter Lenihan, Faculty Host

If you pay any attention to conservation, you will have noticed a passionate and sometimes even vitriolic debate about “new conservation” versus “traditional conservation”. Much of the debate is about beliefs and values. But there are also crucial scientific questions underpinning the arguments – these are questions that could and must be answered with data and modeling. The first half of the seminar will summarize the debate; the second half will present some preliminary data, as well as highlight unanswered questions we need to work towards resolving.

As chief scientist and vice president of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Peter Kareiva is responsible for maintaining the quality of 600-plus staff who are engaged in conservation science in more than 35 countries around the world. He is also the acting director of Science for Nature and People, a new scientific collaboration among TNC, the Wildlife Conservation Society and The National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), designed to rapidly respond to critical questions involving nature and human well-being. He is a co-founder of the Natural Capital Project, which aims to use science-based valuations of ecosystem services to advance conservation. Most recently, with the help of major philanthropists, Kareiva has initiated a new conservation postdoc program called "NatureNetFellows." Kareiva is the author of more than two hundred scientific articles and the author or editor of eight books, including a textbook on conservation science. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of The National Academy of Sciences. He has worked as a conservation scientist in four arenas: academia, private consultancy, the federal government (NOAA), and now an NGO. Although he has loved all his jobs, his job at TNC is his favorite, because there, the time between having an idea and implementing it is shorter than in any other arena.

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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