Integrating geospatial and field-based science to assess biodiversity conservation: A special forum of women research leaders

Land Tenure Center Spring Forum 2-3 April and 15 April 2009

This year's LTC forum brings women scientists to UW to present their conservation research and discuss leadership opportunities for women in environmental science.

Ruth DeFries
Ruth DeFries (Columbia University)

Maggie Holland
Maggie Holland (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

karen kainer
Karen Kainer (University of Florida)

krithi karanth
Krithi Karanth (Columbia University)

erika marin-spiotta
Erika Marin-Spiotta (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


9:30-10:45 am: "Making Resettlement Work in India's Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary," Dr. Krithi Karanth, public lecture (Room 4028 Vilas Hall)


8:00-9:30 am: "Women in Environmental Science: Is the Pipeline Leaky?" Discussion breakfast with grad students. Guest speakers share experience, tips and encouragement. Dr. Nancy Matthews (Professor, Nelson Institute), facilitator. (Memorial Union)
Background papers:

9:30-11:30 am: Informal discussion opportunity. Students may sign up to speak one-on-one with guest speakers. Contact Carol Enseki to reserve a 20-minute slot. (Rooms 15 and 21 Science Hall)

12:00 noon-12:50 pm: "Career Pathways in Conservation: Reflections from experts working at the interface of academia and practice." Brownbag lunch discussion with guest speakers, hosted by Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development students. (Room 140 Science Hall)

PUBLIC LECTURES & DISCUSSION (the following all held in Room 180 Science Hall)

1:30-2:00 pm: "Poverty Traps, Safety Nets or Development Magnets? Modeling the Influence of Costa Rican Parks on Human Welfare over Time," Maggie Holland.

2:00-2:30 pm: "Indices of Climate Threat as a Guide to Conservation Decision-making in the Tropical Andes," Dr. Jack Willams (Associate Professor, Geography).

2:30-3:00 pm: "Biodiversity and Carbon Cycling with Tropical Land-use Change," Dr. Erika Marin-Spiotta.

3:00-3:30 pm: "The Shrinking Ark: Large Mammal Extinction in India (1850 onwards)," Dr. Krithi Karanth.

3:30-4:30 pm: "Land Use Transitions and Conservation," Dr. Ruth DeFries, keynote address, Yi-Fu Tuan Lecture Series.

4:30-5:15 pm: "Priorities for Future Research." Panel discussion facilitated by Dr. Janet Silbernagel (Associate Professor, Landscape Architecture).

5:15-6:00 pm: Reception. (Room 140 Science Hall)


8:00-9:30 am: "Women and Careers in International Conservation and Development," discussion breakfast with Dr. Karen Kainer. (Memorial Union)
Background paper:

Combining Intercontinental Parenting and Research: Dilemmas and Strategies for Women
10:00-11:30 am: Informal discussion opportunity. Students may sign up to speak one-on-one with the guest speaker. Contact Carol Enseki to reserve a 20-minute slot. (Room 15 Science Hall)

12:00 noon-1:00 pm: "Partnering for Greater Success: Local Stakeholders and Biodiversity Research: A View From The Brazilian Amazon," lunch brownbag with Dr. Karen Kainer. (360 Science Hall)

4:00-5:15 pm: "Seeking Sustainability in the Amazon: Shifting from Brazil Nut Exploitation to Conscious Management," Dr. Karen Kainer, public lecture (On Wisconsin Room, The Red Gym)




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