IBioS Cross-Departmental Co-Sponsored Seminar Series

  • Dr. Kathryn Fiorella: Environmental Change in Cambodia’s Social-Ecological Food Systems

    Dr. Kathryn Fiorella: Environmental Change in Cambodia’s Social-Ecological Food Systems

    Date:

    2024-03-28

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability

    Host(s):

    Dr. Kaitlyn Gaynor

    Social-ecological systems are changing at an unprecedented rate. As our environments are revamped, what does that mean for the people who live and work within these systems? How does it impact their choices about how to use fisheries and their access to biodiversity within them? We will use the case of Cambodia’s social-ecological food systems…


  • Dr. Eyal Frank: Campaigning for Extinction: Eradication of Sparrows and the Great Famine in China

    Dr. Eyal Frank: Campaigning for Extinction: Eradication of Sparrows and the Great Famine in China

    Date:

    2024-03-11

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Department of Food and Resource Economics

    Host(s):

    Dr. Frederik Noack

    How do large disruptions to ecosystems affect human well-being? In 1958, China embarked on the “Four Pests Campaign” that aimed to quickly eradicate flies, mosquitoes, rats, and sparrows nationwide, despite warnings from scientists that sparrows play important roles in pest control. Historians have long suspected that eradicating sparrows, by letting other pest populations grow out…


  • Dr. Onja Razafindratsima: Plants on the move: influence of lemur behavior on seed dispersal patterns

    Dr. Onja Razafindratsima: Plants on the move: influence of lemur behavior on seed dispersal patterns

    Date:

    2023-11-22

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Biodiversity Research Centre

    Host(s):

    Dr. Juli Carrillo

    This talk will provide an overview of the roles and impacts of lemur frugivores on plant population dynamics and community structure in biodiverse rainforests in Madagascar, where a majority of plants have traits adapted for seed dispersal by animals and highly diverse plant communities are relying on a limited set of frugivore generalist taxa for…


  • Dr. Simi Kang: What is Refugee Resilience? Reframing Survival Under Environmental Sacrifice

    Dr. Simi Kang: What is Refugee Resilience? Reframing Survival Under Environmental Sacrifice

    Date:

    2023-10-17

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Department of Geography

    Host(s):

    Dr. Alex Moore

    In this talk, I examine how the political imperative for racialized Louisianians to be resilient to ongoing environmental harm has specifically impacted Vietnamese American families who rely on commercial fishing. This includes thinking about disaster and responses thereto, restoration policy, and, increasingly, calls for structurally vulnerable communities to relocate away from the coast. In so…


  • Dr. Erin Sills: Causal Inference, Conservation Science, and Carbon Offsets

    Dr. Erin Sills: Causal Inference, Conservation Science, and Carbon Offsets

    Date:

    2023-04-14

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Department of Food and Resource Economics

    Host(s):

    Dr. Sumeet Gulati, Dr. Frederik Noack

    Dr. Sills will be discussing causal inference, and how it relates to both conservation science and climate change. Their research interests include markets and payments for non-timber forest benefits; Forest-based livelihoods and economic development (including current project on community forestry in Nepal ); Deforestation and land use in the tropics (including current project on sociohydrology…


  • Chief Roland Willson: A Critical Balance

    Chief Roland Willson: A Critical Balance

    Date:

    2023-01-30

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Department of Geography

    Host(s):

    Dr. Jessica Dempsey

    Chief Willson will address cumulative effects on West Moberly First Nations territories, including those stemming from hydroelectric dams, forestry, oil and gas development and now climate change. He will also speak about their path-breaking caribou recovery efforts in light of these cumulative effects.


  • Dr. Libby Lunstrum: The Dual Crisis of Conservation: Biodiversity Decline and Conservation’s Dispossessions

    Dr. Libby Lunstrum: The Dual Crisis of Conservation: Biodiversity Decline and Conservation’s Dispossessions

    Date:

    2022-10-25

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Department of Geography

    Host(s):

    Dr. Naomi Schwartz

    Biodiversity conservation is experiencing a dual crisis: the crisis of biodiversity decline coupled with the crisis of dispossession caused by efforts to protect and conserve nature. Each of these trends has emerged as a defining feature of conservation biology and political ecology respectively, two disciplines that often stand in tension with one another. In this…


  • Dr. Jesse Popp: Weaving Ways of Knowing Among the Trees

    Dr. Jesse Popp: Weaving Ways of Knowing Among the Trees

    Date:

    2022-09-21

    Co-Sponsored by:

    Biodiversity Research Centre

    Host(s):

    Dr. Cole Burton

    Similar to the way diversity held within a mixed wood forest allows life to flourish; the inclusion of multiple ways of knowing, ways of being, and knowledge systems in the natural sciences and beyond provide holistic understandings that benefit all. From population monitoring to wildlife ecology, Indigenous and Western science can be woven in a…