Science Talks

A Lecture Series With the Cranbrook Institute of Science

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  • Saving the Kirtland's Warbler   Dr. Dave Ewert, senior scientist at The Nature Conservancy in Michigan, detailed the inspiring story of bringing North America's rarest songbird back from the brink of extinction, how it's being protected now, and what makes the Kirtland's warbler unique.
  • Burn, Baby, Burn!   Land Steward Rodolfo Zuniga-Villegas spoke about the natural role and history of fire in our environment and how reintroducing fire to certain landscapes can benefit both nature and people.
  • The Nature of Cities   Associate State Director Dr. Patrick Doran shares how nature can help build resilient urban communities around the world.
  • Getting Connected   Freshwater Ecologist Mary Khoury explains “connectivity” in the rivers of the Great Lakes.
  • Just Dune It!   Eastern Lake Michigan Project Manger Shaun Howard shares how he is working with the Michigan Dune Alliance to restore, manage, and protect the world’s largest freshwater dune system.
  • Let’s Get Wild!   Associate State Director Patrick Doran talks about the best wild places in Michigan and the Great Lakes.
  • Anatomy of an Algal Bloom   Western Lake Erie Basin Project Director Carrie Vollmer-Sanders gives and overview of the factors that lead to toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie.
  • Wet & Wild Aquatic  Ecologist Matt Herbert explains threats to Great Lakes fisheries and solutions to improve native fish populations.
  • Get With The Program  Science Director Dr. Scott Sowa shares the latest techno-innovatios for conservation science.
  • Is More Better?  Saginaw Bay Project Director Mary Fales explains how farmers can help protect freshwater by improving practices.
  • Extreme Makeover: Nature Edition!  Restoration Director Chris May shows the latest techniques for restoring rare habitats in Michigan.
  • Can You Take The Heat?   Dr. Patrick Doran discusses our changing climate.
  • Seeing the Forest for the Trees  Forester Jon Fosgitt talks about sustainable forestry.
  • Centers of Commerce, Culture and Conservation   Dr. Scott Sowa provides an overview of the history and future of Great Lakes bays.
  • Thanks for Stopping By   Dr. Dave Ewert speaks about the importance of stopover sites for migratory birds.
  • Yanking Our Chain   Lindsay Chadderton explains about detection, prevention and control of aquatic invasive species.
  • The Changing Scale of Conservation    Helen Taylor talks about the history and evolution of landscape-scale conservation. 



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