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Archiving Eden

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Guggenheim Foundation Fellow and photographer Dornith Doherty gives a visual tour of her ongoing collaboration with biologists who manage the most comprehensive seed banks in the world

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The Death and Life of the Great Lakes

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A conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Dan Egan exploring the perils facing the Great Lakes and ways we can restore and preserve them for generations to come.

Climate Change: How to Make Progress in an Era of Alternative Facts

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Woods Hole Research Center president Philip Duffy discusses new developments in science that underscore the urgency of prompt and effective action against climate change, and what role states and cities can do to achieve progress.

World's Deadliest Animal: The Mosquito

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Concerned about Zika, West Nile, and other mosquito-borne diseases? Discover which mosquito species spread illnesses, why invasive Asian tiger mosquitoes increase our risk of getting sick, and lessons learned about effective mosquito management.

The Songs of Trees

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Biologist and nonfiction Pulitzer Prize finalist David George Haskell discusses his book The Songs of Trees. Haskell's work integrates scientific, literary, and contemplative studies of the natural world. The Songs of Trees explores the biological networks that surround all species, including humans.

The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of National Parks

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An Earth Day lecture by writer and scholar Terry Tempest Williams discussing her new book- a personal journey and celebration of America’s national parks, delving into their history, politics, activism, and ecological threats.

Our Other Blue Planet: Earth’s Diverse Fresh Waters

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Discover catfish that eat pigeons, mussels that seduce fish, the world's largest water lilies, and lakes with the pH of battery acid. Dave Strayer talks about our planet's inland waters and the rich diversity of life that they support.

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Why Ice Storms Aren't Cool

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Discover why ice storms may be on the rise in the northeastern U.S. and how they impact forest ecosystems in this lecture by Forest Service ecologist Lindsey Rustad.

Wild by Design

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Landscape architect Margie Ruddick showcases design strategies that integrate biodiversity and ecological purpose. 

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.


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