Lecture Videos

Urban Ecology: The Path to Sustainable Cities

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Director of the Baltimore Ecosystem Study Steward Pickett discusses how urban ecology can make our cities greener, cleaner, and healthier for all.

Lessons Learned From the Deepwater Horizon Disaster

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Marine scientist and deepwater expert Samantha Joye discusses the after effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout, which resulted in millions of barrels of oil polluting the Gulf. Only a fraction of the spill was recovered.

The Forest Unseen: A Year’s Watch in Nature

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Biologist and award-winning author David Haskell spent a year observing a single square meter of old-growth Tennessee forest.

Bug Music: How Insects Gave Us Rhythm and Noise

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A multidisciplinary program by musician David Rothenberg and entomologist John Cooley that explores the return of the 17-year cicadas.

The Incidental Steward – Reflections on Citizen Science

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Whether it’s pulling up water chestnuts in the Hudson River, or searching out vernal pools—citizens can play a vital role in scientific research.

Overfishing: What Everyone Needs to Know

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Leading fisheries scientist and marine biologist Ray Hilborn shares his controversial insights about the future of our fisheries.

Drinking Water

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Should drinking water be accessible as a human right or is it a commodity?

Climate Change and the Future of the National Park Service

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Jonathan Jarvis, Director of the National Park Service, discusses how climate change is manifesting itself in our national parks.

Forests of the Future

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Harvard botanist Dr. Peter Del Tredici discusses how northeastern forests are being shaped by urbanization, invasive species, acid rain, and climate change.

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The Seed Underground

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Writer and food activist Janisse Ray talks about the loss of heirloom seeds and the role that individuals can play in preserving agricultural diversity.

What's Bugging Our Forests?

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Cary Institute’s Gary Lovett discusses how several invasive species are ravaging regional forests.

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Discover How Birds Can Save the World

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John Fitzpatrick, Director of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, discusses the role birds play in fostering the conservation of biodiversity.

The Hudson Primer

The Future of the Hudson River

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Dave Strayer, a freshwater ecologist at the Cary Institute,discusses the organization’s Hudson River Research Program, the river’s environmental recovery, and challenges that need to be met.

Sharks: A Love Story

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Jupp Kerckerinck, conservationist and President of the Shark Research Institute, delivers a presentation about the dramatic decline of sharks and the role they play in the ocean ecosystem.

The Conundrum: How Good Intentions Hurt the Environment

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David Owen, a writer for the New Yorker, talks about his book The Conundrum: How Scientific Innovation, Increased Efficiency, and Good Intentions Can Make Our Energy and Climate Problems Worse.

Gene Likens

Acid Rain: A Long, Unfinished Journey From Discovery to Political Action

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Dr. Gene E. Likens, Founding Director of the Cary Institute and co-discoverer of acid rain in North America discusses the science behind acid rain and the policies needed to stop it from falling.


EcoMind: Creating the World We Want

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Frances Moore Lappé, a pioneer of the sustainable food movement and the author of more than 18 books, including the classic Diet for a Small Planet, presents her latest book.

Global Climate Change

Global Climate Change: A Primer

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A lecture by Duke’s Orrin Pilkey and environmental artist Mary Edna Fraser. Fraser discusses her batiks, which are used to illustrate the threatened ecosystems in Pilkey’s book, Global Climate Change: A Primer.

The Great Kapok Tree

Inspiring Environmental Awareness in Youth through Books and Films

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Award-winning author, illustrator, and filmmaker Lynne Cherry explores how books and videos can inspire youth to engage in conservation and citizen-science.


Yellowstone Wildlife: Charting New Paths Forward

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Mike Clark, Executive Director of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, talks about some of Yellowstone’s most iconic wildlife, and discusses how climate change, shrinking habitat, and politics are shaping its future.

Pavan Sukhdev

The Green Economy

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Lead author of the report "Towards a Green Economy," Pavan Sukhdev explores how the greening of economies is an engine for growth, a source of employment, and a means of alleviating poverty. 


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