Join the African Studies
and Conservation Biology Departments for a lecture by Bill Weber and Amy
Vedder, "Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey."
Bill and Amy live in the Adirondacks and have extensive experience working on
conservation issues in Rwanda and the Adirondacks, among other places.
Both served as directors of the Wildlife Conservation Society's (WCS) Africa
Program for many years. Amy oversaw the design, implementation, and
assessment of field projects and conservation programs in twenty African
countries. Bill created a Congo Basin Program that helped establish more
than twenty new protected areas, produced the first reliable data on forest
elephant and great ape populations, and developed effective alliances with
local communities and commercial timber companies. Bill later served as
WCS North America Program director, focusing on wildlife recovery, ecological
connectivity, energy development, and community-based conservation. He is
currently acting director of Two Countries One Forest, an organization
dedicated to transboundary conservation in the Northern Appalachian forest
region of southeastern Canada and the northeastern U.S. Amy has carried
out extensive field research among mountain gorillas in Rwanda; more broadly,
she is an expert in tropical forest ecology, specializing in the Central
African rainforest. She has served as director of the Living Landscapes
Program, where she oversaw the implementation of a science-based approach to
conserving wildlife and wildlands outside of protected areas. She is
currently Vice-President of WCS. Their co-authored book, In the Kingdom
of Gorillas: The Quest to Save Rwanda's Mountain Gorillas, is available for
sale in Brewer Bookstore.
Join the African Student Union, the Women's Resource Center,
the Black Student Union, and the African Studies, Biology and Environmental
Studies departments and the Chaplain's Office for a service in memory of Dr.
Wangari Muta Maathai (born April 1, 1940-Died September 25, 2011), including a
movie called "Taking Root."
Wangari Maathai was born in Kenya and was the
first woman in East and Central Africa to earn a doctorate degree. She
established the Green Belt Movement (GBM) in 1977. GBM has been responsible for
bringing the environmental agenda into mainstream politics. Dr. Maathai served
on several boards including the Prince Albert of Monaco Foundation, the Oslo
Award, and The Chirac Foundation. She and the GBM received the 2004 Nobel Peace
Prize. In 2005, she was named by Forbes magazine as one of the 100 most
influential women in the world. Until her recent death, she also served as the
UN Goodwill Ambassador of the Congo Basin Forest Ecosystem and Co-Chair of
the Congo Basin Fund.
Join, Dr. Bill Romey
of SUNY-Potsdam for his lecture, "Predicting How Flocks of Geese Fly Around
Obstacles and Fish Schools Find their Way."
The Holy Grail of
animal movement studies is to understand how individual movement rules can
produce complex emergent properties in flocks, swarms, and schools. These
emergent properties sometimes show a "collective intelligence" that
is not seen at lower levels. Dr. Romey will present some of his empirical
work on the group dynamics of a model organism, whirligigs. Then he will
demonstrate how his simulation models can help us understand how fish and birds
move around obstacles and how crowds of panicked people move out of
Finding Symmetry: A short documentary on human-wildlife
conflicts and conservation issues among the Maasai people in Southwestern
Kenya. Increasing human populations and changing land uses are causing stress
on East African wildlife. Simultaneously, local communities need resources and
income to survive. Direct competition between wildlife and human populations is
increasing. With development, tourism, and wildlife conflicts, the lifestyle of
Maasai people is changing. Can we find a symmetry where both sides can live
You are cordially
invited to see the showing of senior Katie Oram's short film Finding Symmetry which is one of the
outcomes of Katie's senior-year research project in Conservation
Biology/African Studies. The screening
will last about 30 minutes - 10 minutes for an introduction by Katie followed
by the 20 minute film.
Come visit EAO this week in the Student Center during lunch time. Sign the student petition to support St. Lawrence University's Climate Action Plan to be carbon neutral by 2040. The Plan gets presented to the Board of Trustees later this month, help us show we care about our footprint.
Join Dr. Kelly Zamudio of Cornell University for her lecture, "Field biology and conservation genetics: organisms, landscapes, and global change"
Abstract: The world is a rapidly-changing landscape, and the types and severity of threats to biodiversity are also increasing rapidly. Three cases studies will be presented that use genetic diversity (at the level of individuals, population, and lineages) to address issues in conservation biology. These examples demonstrate that genetic analyses have an important role to play in conservation, but also that our power to predict and mitigate effects on biodiversity is increased by combining genetics with other conservation approaches.