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Emerging Infectious Diseases & Amphibian Biodiversity

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Dr. Karen Lips, a University of Maryland biologist discusses the underlying causes of global amphibian declines and extinctions.

Why Should We Care About Nature?

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Through an exploration of frogs, snakes, African megafauna and other charismatic wildlife, herpetologist Harry Greene reveals how natural history, aesthetics, and ethics underpin conservation.

The Narrow Edge

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Discover how the lives of humans, red knots, and horseshoe crabs are intertwined. Deborah Cramer, environmental writer and visiting scholar at MIT discusses her new book.

Lessons from the Forest

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For more than 50 years, the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in the White Mountains of New Hampshire has been one of the most intensely studied landscapes on earth. Gene Likens, Cary Institute President Emeritus, discusses his new book, Hubbard Brook: The Story of a Forest Ecosystem.

Running Silver

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Biologist Dr. John Waldman discusses why sea-river fish have dwindled in numbers, what we stand to lose, and actions needed to ensure their recovery. Discover the past, present, and future of these fascinating fish through research, historical accounts, anecdotes, and images.

Roaring Back

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Cary Institute President Dr. Joshua Ginsberg discusses how global populations of many large carnivores have started to recover. Discover which animals are on the rebound and what their improvement tells us about the future of wildlife conservation.

The Ecological Homogenization of Urban America

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Cary's Peter Groffman explores the field of urban ecology and what the striking similarities across urban landscapes mean for the long-term sustainability of metropolitan areas.

Great Ape Conservation

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Arcus Foundation Primatologist Annette Lanjouw discusses the challenges of conserving apes, orangutans, chimpanzees, and bonobos.

The Environmental Impacts of Architecture

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Architect Allan Shope reveals how modern innovation can inform ecologically responsible architecture. Discover the long and short-term costs of decisions that we make relating to our homes.

The Return of Predators to Urban America

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Dr. Roland Kays, a zoologist at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences discusses how coyotes, fishers, and other predators are adapting to urban and suburban life.

Mannahatta: The Past, Present, and Future of New York City

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Rediscover the lost ecology of Manhattan in a presentation by Wildlife Conservation Society's Dr. Eric Sanderson. Sanderson reveals the thin wooded island that Henry Hudson sailed past in 1609.

The Ecology of Lyme Disease

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Explore the ecology of Lyme disease with Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute. For more than twenty years, Ostfeld and his research team have been investigating how environmental conditions influence the spread of tick-borne illness.

In Search of Lost Frogs

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Award-winning photographer Robin Moore chronicled the search for frog, toad, and salamander species not seen in over a decade. In a visually stunning presentation, he shares the science behind what frogs disappearing around the globe means for our planet.

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Feeding the World in the 21st Century

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Rosamond Naylor, Stanford University professor and director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment, explores the connections among food production, health, environmental resources, and international security. 

For the Love of Rivers

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Author and award-winning ecologist Kurt Fausch has spent his career exploring threats to stream and river life. His new book, For the Love of Rivers, reflects on the deep significance of freshwaters to humanity and their ultimate fate in our future.

Our Rivers on Drugs

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Freshwater ecologist Emma Rosi-Marshall explores how pharmaceutical drugs and personal care products are polluting our nation's rivers and streams—with consequences for sensitive aquatic life and drinking water supplies.

Northern Forest Atlas Project

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Ecologist Jerry Jenkins has been documenting the flora and fauna of the Northern Forest for the past 45 years. This visually-rich lecture distills his findings, with a focus on inspiring conservation and informing environmental education.

The Tapestry of Science: Engaging Poets, Preachers, and Prisoners as Partners

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Ecologist Nalini Nadkarni explores the world of the forest canopy and how everyone–from preachers to prison inmates–can contribute to the scientific enterprise.

The Path to Sustainability

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Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute, discusses the importance of environmental policy and the need to manage short-term costs for long-term gains. 

Setting a Process in Motion: The Self-Proliferating Landscape

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Well-known landscape designer Larry Weaner discusses principles and protocols for creating dynamic, ecologically rich landscapes where nature does much of the “planting.”

Mist Connections: A Tale of Fog and Forests

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A world-renowned expert, Kathleen Weathers talks about how fog interacts with air, land and water, and investigates its importance to ecosystems.

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