Lecture Videos

The Snow Leopard Project

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Learn how evolutionary biologist Alex Dehgan campaigned to stop endangered snow leopard poaching and established Afghanistan's first national park, Band-e Amir.

Of Mice & Ticks: Using Ecology to Prevent Lyme Disease

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Dr. Rick Ostfeld, a disease ecologist and national expert on Lyme disease ecology discusses: why ticks and tick-borne disease are on the rise, how wildlife influences our risk of getting sick, and ways that ecology can inform tick management and make the outdoors safer for people and pets.

Urban Resilience: Why Ecology Matters

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Cities are home to most of the world’s population. Yet they are grappling with environmental stresses that threaten health and infrastructure. Explore cities as ecosystems, learn why ecology is vital to sustainability, and discuss the latest thinking on melding biology with urban planning and design.

Monarch Butterflies: Coevolution, Cultural History, and Conservation

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Lethal in high doses to humans and other animals, only monarch caterpillars can stomach milkweed nectar – and they rely on it alone for sustenance. In a story of toxin versus predator, milkweed and monarch make for unlikely yet perfectly-suited allies.

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Trace: Memory, History, Race and the American Landscape

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Lauret Savoy, award-winning writer and professor of Environmental Studies and Geology at Mount Holyoke College weaves personal journeys and historical inquiry to examine how the still unfolding history of the United States – and ideas of 'race' – have marked the land, this society, and her

Science Conversation: Our Rivers and Streams are on Drugs

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Discover what it means to be a fish or a platypus living in a cocktail of drugs, which chemical compounds are passed through the food web, and how other forms of pollution, like micro-plastics, amplify the problem.


Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crises

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Jeremy Jackson of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and the Smithsonian Institution discusses  practical solutions to minimize the destruction caused by industrial agriculture, sea level rise, wildfires, water mismanagement, and extreme weather.

Plastic Pollution in Freshwaters, From Rivers to Oceans

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Learn about the biological impacts of plastic pollution in freshwaters, how it degrades ecosystems, and tools being developed to prevent the problem.

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Replenish: The Virtuous Cycle of Water and Prosperity

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A leading authority on international water issues, Sandra Postel discusses her new book. She explores contemporary water challenges, innovative water projects, and sustainable solutions to ensure global water security.

#GetTickedOff: Panel discussion on Lyme & other tick-borne diseases

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Lyme and other tick-borne diseases have impacted the lives of so many in the Hudson Valley, New York. Learn the latest news on prevention at a special panel discussion. 

Zoos & Conservation

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A conversation on conservation with Dan Ashe, President of The Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and Dr. Ricardo Stanoss of the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation.


Predicting the Future of Infectious Disease

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Disease ecologist Dr. Barbara Han  discusses how, with the help of artificial intelligence and machine learning, her team analyzes data on animals, disease, and geography to pinpoint areas at risk of future disease outbreaks.

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Water On, In, and Under the Greenland Ice Sheet

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Learn about the Greenland ice sheet, a frozen, forgotten land, in a lecture by glaciologist Kristin Poinar.

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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.


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