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Conservation Conversations with Sean O'Brien
34 minutes | 5 hours ago
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 | 2 months ago
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 | 3 months ago
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 | 4 months ago
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 | 5 months ago
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 | 6 months ago
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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