Conservation conversation continues buzzing at interdisciplinary seminar series

Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly

After getting off to a soaring start in January with a set of talks including explorations of bird and bat conservation, the Interdisciplinary Conservation in Canada Seminar Series will continue to welcome emerging scholars and researchers, and early career researchers, from across Canada to York University in the coming weeks and months.

Sheila Colla
Sheila Colla

Organized by Sheila Colla, an assistant professor in York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) with an interest in the conservation of smaller species such as bees, the 12-part series examines how government, academia and ENGOs are addressing threats to wildlife and the climate from a variety of perspectives.

In choosing speakers for the series, Colla opted to focus on inviting early-career researchers involved in post-doctoral research or working with ENGOs rather than the “big names” typically heard at departmental seminars.

“These are the people on the front lines of conservation in Canada,” said Colla.

Attendees and viewers can look forward to engaging with a diverse range of presenters with backgrounds in biology, oceanography, geography, behavioral ecology and planning, coming from places as close as Waterloo and as far as the Yukon.

Talks in this series will continue to be held semi-regularly on Mondays at noon in HNES 140. The hour-long talks will also be available through live streaming on Facebook, supporting efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the events, and will be captioned to make the series more accessible. Previous events in the series have seen more than 200 people watch via streaming.

Right Whale Breaching in the Ocean
Right Whale Breaching in the Ocean

The events for February and March include:

Feb. 3 – Ignoring Climate Effects in Conservation Planning is Driving Right Whales Toward Extinction
Presented by Kim Davies

Feb. 10 – Policy Instruments and Incentives for Species at Risk Conservation on Canada’s Agricultural Landscapes
Presented by Jeremy Pittman

Feb. 24ɁEŁEXÉ EGHÁLETS’EDA (Learning Together): Advancing Sustainable Conservation Strategies through Cross-Cultural Collaboration
Presented by Jean Polfus, beginning at 11:30 a.m.

Mar. 2 – Conservation of Monarch Butterflies in Working Landscapes
Presented by Tyler Flockhart

Mar. 9 – Where Have all the Flowers Gone? The State of Plant Conservation in Canada
Presented by Jenny McCune

Mar. 16 – Assessing the Impacts of Domestic Cats on Wildlife in Canada
Presented by Elizabeth Gow

Mar. 23 – Climate Change Wildcards
Presented by Laura Coristine

Mar. 30 – Misplaced Conservation
Presented by Adam Ford

A calendar of upcoming events hosted by FES can be found on the faculty website.