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Scientific Seminars

Cary Institute’s Scientific Seminar Series provides a forum for engaging with researchers from around the world. Lectures are geared toward an academic audience, with a focus on current scientific advances as they relate to ecosystem science, environmental management, and science education. This year’s lectures will be presented virtually, and include moderated Q&A. Lectures are held on Thursdays at 11AM EDT and are free and open to all. Registration is required to access the Zoom credentials.

Spotlight on Ecosystem Resilience 

This fall, a subset of our scientific seminars will focus on ecosystem resilience. Ecosystem or ecological resilience is often used as a critical goal for management, conservation, and governance actions. It is also put forth as a positive or beneficial trait of ‘natural’ systems. However, despite the value often assigned to resilience, the term has different definitions and component measurements across the ecological literature. At a moment when climate change threatens people and ecological systems, and when society is ‘awakening’ to systemic racism and other forms of oppression that pervade the practice and impacts of science, we felt the time was right to explore ecosystem resilience. 

We are delighted to host a virtual seminar series that: (1) focuses on an important and under-examined ecological issue, (2) highlights the growing diversity of the ecological community and challenges us to consider how to support and accelerate this trajectory, and (3) honors the scientific – conceptual, empirical, and applied – work of some emerging leaders in the field.

Fall schedule (*lectures are part of the ecosystem resilience series)

Oct 1*    Alix Contosta
Oct 8*   Juan Rocha
Oct 15*    Karletta Chief
Oct 22*    Alex Moulton
Oct 29    Grayson Badgley
Nov 5    Suzanne Pierre
Nov 12    Zbigniew Grabowski, Critical Ecology: Defining sociophsyical drivers of "Anthropogenic" ecological change
Nov 19    Gerardo Suzan and Christopher Stephens
Dec 3    Amanda Phillips de Lucas
Dec 10*    Nyeema Harris
Dec 17*    Fushcia-Ann Hoover