The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist to discuss ‘overcoming dogma to save nature’ on Earth Day at Cornell
A public lecture by Peter Kareiva
Ithaca, NY | April 19, 2013
WHAT: “Overcoming Dogma and Prophecies of Doom to Save Nature,” a public lecture by Peter Kareiva, chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy.
WHEN: Monday, April 22, 5 - 6:30 p.m.
WHERE: David L. Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall, Cornell campus
The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva says conservation is on the defensive. One way forward is to embrace the potential for recovery, restoration and rewilding, while realizing that nature never stands still. New messages, new science, new alliances and a new nature are conservation's best hope.
This Earth Day, Cornell University’s David R. Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future will host Dr. Kareiva as their 2013 Iscol lecturer. Described as “a myth-busting scientist” and known for his calls for a new environmentalism, he’ll present his public lecture, “Overcoming Dogma and Prophecies of Doom to Save Nature” on Monday, April 22, 5:00-6:30pm at David L. Call Auditorium in Kennedy Hall. The Nature Conservancy’s Central and Western New York chapter will also be on hand to provide information about the organization’s work in the region.
In May 2011, Peter Kareiva was named a member of the National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research. Kareiva joined The Nature Conservancy in 2002 after more than 20 years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division.
In addition to his duties as the Conservancy’s chief scientist, his current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change and marine conservation. He received a master’s of science degree in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and his Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University.
Members of the media are also welcome to attend “Promises, Possibilities, and Perils of ‘New’ Conservation: An Interdisciplinary Roundtable,” on Tuesday, April 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in 225 ILR Conference Center in King-Shaw Hall on Cornell campus. This roundtable is open to the Cornell community only.Kareiva will join Cornell faculty in an informal, interdisciplinary conversation that considers both the opportunities and challenges of new approaches to conservation.
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The Nature Conservancy is a leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. The Conservancy and its more than 1 million members have protected nearly 120 million acres worldwide. Visit The Nature Conservancy on the Web at www.nature.org.