Series gives first-hand reports from frontiers of biodiversity and conservation science
|Thomas Brooks, Michael Hoffmann, John Lamoreux and photographer Christina Mittermeier, co-authors of the book “Hotspots Revisited,” are among the distinguished scientists who will participate in a lecture series on “Environment, Conservation and Culture.” They will give the U.Va. community first-hand reports from the frontiers of biodiversity and conservation science around the globe.
“Environment, Conservation and Culture” is the theme of an upcoming lecture series sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies. The series highlights U.Va. research and education programs that investigate the interrelatedness of the natural environment and human behavior.
Such programs almost inevitably are interdisciplinary and collaborative, involving researchers and practitioners in biodiversity and conservation, anthropology, business and sustainable development, and the arts.
Over the past three years, U.Va. has developed strong higher education partnerships in southern Africa and South America and research partnerships with leading international conservation organizations, including Conservation International. U.Va. investigators also are working closely with the World Bank on projects in the Galapagos and Machu Picchu.
“With this lecture series, featuring the co-authors of the book ‘Hotspots Revisited’ and distinguished scientist Kevin Gaston, the University community will have first-hand reports from the frontiers of biodiversity and conservation science around the globe,” said Dr. R. Ariel Gomez, vice president for research and graduate studies. “Their research has enormous implications for the way we think about the natural world, and these programs will provide ample opportunities for public discussion.”
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call Tamela Davis, 924-3606.
When: March 23, 4 p.m.
Where: Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library Reading Room, Clark Hall
What: Panel discussion
“Picturing Nature, Understanding Conservation: ‘Hotspots Revisited,’” a Virginia Festival of the Book session with Conservation International, features ‘Hotspots Revisited’ co-authors Thomas Brooks, Michael Hoffmann, John Lamoreux and photographer Christina Mittermeier. Through heart-stopping photographs and cutting-edge analysis, get a tour of the world’s richest ecosystems from scientists and photographers who stand at the frontlines of conservation biology today. A book signing and reception will follow.
When: April 12, 4 p.m.
Where: Clark Hall, Room 108
“The Best and Worst of Times: Patterns and Problems in Biodiversity,” by Kevin J. Gaston, professor of biodiversity and conservation, University of Sheffield, is the topic of a Department of Environmental Sciences Moore Lecture; a reception will follow.
Where: Charles L. Brown Science and Engineering Library
What: Photo Exhibit
“The Art of Representing Nature (with Conservation International).