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Conservation Conversations with Sean O'Brien
23 minutes | May 18, 2021
11: Carrie Brown-Lima: Invasive Species Awareness
In honor of invasive species awareness week, Sean speaks with Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University. Tune in and learn why invasive species are among the leading threats to native wildlife and how citizen scientists are helping to solve the problem.
34 minutes | Apr 20, 2021
10: Andrea Wulf: Storytelling for Science
In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Andrea Wulf, an award–winning author of six acclaimed books, including the New York Times best sellers ‘Founding Gardeners’ and ‘The Invention of Nature.’ Listen as they discuss the adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, tips for effective science storytelling, and the NatureServe Network Van Tour!
36 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
8: Congressman Don Beyer: The Bright Future of Environmental Policy
In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean chats with U.S. Congressman Don Beyer, Representative of Virginia's 8th district. Listen in on this candid conversation about policies past and present regarding wildlife corridors, climate change, and the 30x30 initiative. Don also shares stories from the Appalachian Trail.
34 minutes | Jan 25, 2021
7: Annie Novak: Rooftop farming, engaging with science, and "following your bliss"
In the latest episode of Conservation Conversations, listen as Sean sits down with Annie Novak, an author, educator, and conservationist who's cultivated her passions into a gratifying and diverse career. Hear about Annie's journey from academia to rooftop farming in New York City, and learn how interested citizens can contribute to science and why “following your bliss" is a guiding motto for life and work.
31 minutes | Nov 23, 2020
5: Jon Paul Rodríguez: Anticipating and Understanding Impacts on Nature
In our latest episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with an old friend—Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Listen as they discuss how red listing helps us understand the impacts of our actions on biodiversity, the relationship between the environment and human health in the context of the pandemic, and the power of optimism in the conservation field.
29 minutes | Oct 13, 2020
4: Dawn Wright: Mapping Biodiversity
In this episode, Sean speaks with Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri, about our landmark collaboration on the Map of Biodiversity Importance and the important role of open data for scientific advancement. Tune in to learn about Dr. Wright’s professional journey from deep sea exploration to her leading role on the forefront of GIS innovation, and how biodiversity conservation falls into Esri’s vision for the future.Learn more about the Map of Biodiversity Importance: https://habitatsuitabilitymodeling-natureserve.hub.arcgis.com/pages/the-map-of-biodiversity-importance
23 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
3: Anne Frances & Wes Knapp: Uncovering the truth about plant extinction in North America
During this new episode of Conservation Conversations Sean speaks with Wes Knapp, a mountains botanists and ecologist with the NC Natural Heritage Program, and Anne Frances, NatureServe's Chief Botanist, about a new report that finds plants are going extinct faster than we realized. Listen as they share the challenges to assessing the extinction status of rare plants across jurisdictional lines, and how conservation can prevent more extinctions in the future.
19 minutes | Aug 18, 2020
2: Lucas Joppa: The Intersection of Technology and Conservation
During this second episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean talks to Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer. Together, they discuss the intersection of technology and modern conservation practices. Listen as they reveal the unique career paths that lead them to where they are today, how artificial intelligence will play a role in protecting species and ecosystems, and what the future holds for those interested in the convergence of data, science, and biodiversity conservation.
25 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
1: Tom Lovejoy: The Godfather of Biodiversity
The first guest of Conservation Conversations is Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and who is often called “the Godfather of Biodiversity” for introducing the term biological diversity to the scientific community in the year 1980. From the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon, to the connection between the environment and social movements, Sean and Tom cover a wide variety of topics in this first interview.
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