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“Can Tropical Working Landscapes Work for Conservation?” by Amanda Rodewald, LASP Weekly Seminar Series

Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:15pm to 1:10pm

Stimson Hall, G01
204 East Ave., Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

The global conservation community has moved beyond its traditional emphasis on establishing protected areas to one that seeks approaches that achieve a wide range of social, economic, and ecological co-benefits for people and the environment, especially within working landscapes.  This paradigm shift was a necessary recognition of the competing pressures for land and resources and, hence, need to produce the greatest returns on conservation investments.  Using coffee as an example, Amanda will highlight how working landscapes can be productively managed to conserve biodiversity, safeguard ecosystem services, and support human health and well-being.

Amanda Rodewald is the Garvin Professor and Senior Director of Conservation Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University.  She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and American Ornithological Society and has served a variety of national advisory roles, which includes a decade of service on the Science Advisory Board of US Environmental Protection Agency.  Amanda leads an interdisciplinary, international research program in ecological and sustainability sciences that addresses global challenges linked to changing climate, land cover, and human activities in temperate and tropical working landscapes that need to serve both social and ecological needs.  Since 2000, she has generated over $9 million in research funding and published >135 scientific papers, a co-edited Ornithology textbook, 10 book chapters, and over 60 popular articles and commentaries, including bimonthly pieces for The Hill. 

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