Leading conservationist Pressey to lecture, teach at U.Va. in September
Visit kicks off U.Va.’s Environment, Conservation and Culture series
Robert L. Pressey, an internationally renowned conservation biologist in the growing field of systematic environmental planning, will lecture and teach a short course at U.Va. during the first full week of September.
Pressey’s public lecture, “Systematic Conservation Planning: Achievements, Limitations and Messages for Practitioners,” will be held Sept. 8 from 4 to 5 p.m. in Clark Hall, Room 108. A reception will follow. Pressey also will teach a one-credit, 14-hour course on “Concepts and Techniques in Systematic Conservation Planning and the Use of Special-Purpose Software” on Sept. 9 and 10.
Pressey’s visit is part of a series of events on the Environment, Conservation and Culture, sponsored or supported this academic year by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. The University recently has partnered on conservation research projects with Conservation International, a leading organization with offices in Washington and around the world. U.Va.’s Pressey visit was arranged in conjunction with Conservation International.
“We are thrilled that Robert Pressey will share with us his experiences, expertise and vision for conservation science,” said Dr. R. Ariel Gomez, vice president for research and graduate studies. “We are sponsoring this event to highlight the University’s ongoing and emerging strengths in environmental studies and conservation.”
Other events in the new Environment, Conservation and Culture series include an April 6, 2006, lecture by Conservation International President Russ Mittermeier, and, on dates to be determined, a performance by ethnomusicologist Heather Maxwell and an illustrated talk by National Geographic Society photographer Michael “Nick” Nichols.
In addition, the School of Architecture will sponsor a symposium on “Growing Urban Habitats” with the Charlottesville Community Design Center on Sept. 2 and 3. Another conference, the Bruner Loeb Forum on “Placemaking for Change: Nontraditional Models of Community Revitalization,” will be held on Nov. 11. The School of Law will sponsor “Environmental Letters, Environmental Law” on Oct. 6 and 7, with featured speaker William Cronon, a noted writer, historian and geographer.
For information about the Environment, Conservations and Culture series, contact Jeffrey Plank, associate vice president for research and graduate studies, at 924-6901 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on the Architecture School events, see the Web site at http://www.arch.virginia.edu/.
For information on the Law School conference, go to http://www.law.virginia.edu/ and click on the events calendar.