CICR Eminent Practitioner Lecture: Heidi Kretser 4:00 pm
CICR Eminent Practitioner Lecture: Heidi Kretser @ Warnell Building 1 Room 304
Mar 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Dr. Heidi Kretser is the Livelihoods and Conservation Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program. “Taking scientific inquiry from research to action for private lands conservation” Rural landscapes in close proximity to protected lands … More ›
Dr. Heidi Kretser is the Livelihoods and Conservation Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society’s North America Program.
“Taking scientific inquiry from research to action for private lands conservation”
Rural landscapes in close proximity to protected lands are facing increasing development pressure for residential homes. This type of exurban, or low-density, development, occurring away from the urban core and facilitated by various forms of transportation and communication, fragments wildlife habitat and valued open space. Landowners, land-use agencies, real estate agents, developers, consultants and local ngos are among the groups of people who make decisions about how land is used, what configuration development takes, and how that development fits within a broader landscape plan. However, the process of engaging these groups at the right time, with the appropriate approach and a proper message can be a challenging prospect for practitioners who face the daunting task of reducing habitat fragmentation from residential development. Dr. Heidi Kretser of the Wildlife Conservation Society will share nearly two decades of experience working on the impacts of exurban development on wildlife, translating these findings into recommended solutions, and engaging local communities that can implement conservation actions.
Julie Velásquez Runk, Associate Professor in the UGA Department of Anthropology & Research Associate at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, will share lessons on publishing her book, “Crafting Wounaan Landscapes, Identity, Art and Environmental Governance in Panama’s Darién”.
This meeting will be an opportunity to briefly share our updates from the year and get feedback on plans for moving forward. All CICR/ICON faculty and staff affiliates are invited to attend.
– Welcome & introductions
– Center overview & highlights
– Integrative Conservation (ICON) PhD program
– Sustainability Certificate Program
– Open discussion
“A multidisciplinary approach to addressing inter-generational environmental illnesses on Vieques, Puerto Rico: Sources, sinks and environmental pathways of military contaminants”
James Porter, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor of Ecology Emeritus, Odum School of Ecology
Event to include student lunch, information session for students and faculty, and reception. Help us welcome the new cohort by sharing your experiences and meeting everyone!
1st year ICON students should arrive at 9:00am for orientation activities; all other ICON students should arrive at 12:00pm. ICON Faculty please arrive at 1:30pm.
“Reaching out to the public using experiential education as a conservation strategy for maligned animals”
Kimberly Andrews, Graduate Research Faculty, Odum School of Ecology
“Is wood energy carbon neutral? As always, it depends upon assumptions and baselines”
Puneet Dwivedi, Assistant Professor of Sustainability Sciences, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
“Conservation southern style: How botanical gardens are building partnerships to conserve plant species diversity in the southeast”
Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, Director, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
“The ecology of wildland fire: Past, present, and future”
Joseph J. O’Brien, Fire Team Leader, USDA Forest Service, Center for Forest Disturbance Science
“Communication of scientific uncertainty in addressing conservation challenges”
Mona Behl, Associate Director, Georgia Sea Grant College Program, UGA Marine Extension Service