Biodiversity Days: Day 2 – Biodiversity Lecture Series & Film Screening

April 25, 2015 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Love Auditorium, LSRC

Event is free and open to the public, but requires a ticket. Tickets can be obtained through the Duke University Box Office or by phone at 919-684-4444, or in person at the Bryan Center Box Office weekdays 11am – 6pm. Please note, charges apply to all orders placed by phone and online.

Parking in Circuit Lot (gates will be up) and along the street on Circuit drive and LaSalle Street (click on map thumbnail for a larger map image)

Once the lecture has begun, you can watch it online here >

1:00 p.m.
Film Screening

There will be a screening of video shorts “The Naturalist” and “The Guide.”  Film introductions by Greg Carr and Q&A to follow screenings.

2:00 p.m.   
Stuart Pimm
Doris Duke Chair of Conservation Ecology at the Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University

 “Practical Solutions for Preventing Extinction”

Pimm studies present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. Pimm wrote the acclaimed assessment of the human impact to the planet: The World According to Pimm: a Scientist Audits the Earth in 2001. Pimm directs SavingSpecies, a 501c3 non-profit that restores degraded lands in areas of exceptional tropical biodiversity.His international honours include the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement (2010), the Dr. A.H. Heineken Prize for Environmental Sciences from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (2006), the Society for Conservation Biology’s Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award (2006), and the William Proctor Prize for Scientific Achievement in 2007 from Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society. Pimm received his BSc degree from Oxford University in 1971 and his PhD from New Mexico State University in 1974.

3:00 p.m.          
Bill Finch
Senior Fellow, Gulf of Mexico, Ocean Foundation
 “The Long View Of Longleaf Pine Restoration: Making the Connections That Restore Contiguity and Continuity To Rivers, Wetlands and the Longleaf Pine Ecosystem On the Northern Gulf Coast”

Bill Finch, author of Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See and a well known regional writer and radio and television host, is working with multiple federal and state agencies and NGOs to address conservation issues in Alabama and along the Gulf Coast. Finch was formerly Alabama conservation director for The Nature Conservancy, director of Mobile Botanical Gardens and a managing editor with the Mobile Press-Register. He was won numerous regional and national awards for his writing on conservation and environmental issues.

4:00 p.m.         
Jim McClintock
Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology University of Alabama at Birmingham 

 Lecture and Book signing
“From Penguins To Plankton - the Impacts Of Climate Change On the Marine Ecology Of the Antarctic Peninsula,”  

James B. McClintock is a professor of biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and studies various aspects of marine biology in Antarctica. He is an authority on the effects of climate change in Antarctica which is detailed in his book Lost Antarctica – Adventures in a Disappearing Land. McClintock received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1978 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Florida in 1984. In 1987, after completing a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of California at Santa Cruz, he joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is the Endowed University Professor of Polar and Marine Biology.