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Join Sean O’Brien, President and CEO of NatureServe, as he discusses emerging technologies, regional and global trends in biodiversity, and the future for life on Earth with some of the world’s leading experts in conservation. Each episode, released on a monthly basis, will feature an exclusive interview with scientists that’s accessible for listeners of any background.

For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout the Western Hemisphere. NatureServe works with 100+ network organizations and 1,000+ conservation scientists to collect, analyze, and deliver biodiversity information, providing comprehensive spatial data to meet both regulatory and conservation needs.

Conservation Conversations with Sean O'Brien NatureServe

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Join Sean O’Brien, President and CEO of NatureServe, as he discusses emerging technologies, regional and global trends in biodiversity, and the future for life on Earth with some of the world’s leading experts in conservation. Each episode, released on a monthly basis, will feature an exclusive interview with scientists that’s accessible for listeners of any background.

For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout the Western Hemisphere. NatureServe works with 100+ network organizations and 1,000+ conservation scientists to collect, analyze, and deliver biodiversity information, providing comprehensive spatial data to meet both regulatory and conservation needs.

    Looking Back on the First Year of the NatureServe Network Van Tour

    Looking Back on the First Year of the NatureServe Network Van Tour

    This past spring, NatureServe kicked off the “NatureServe Network Van Tour”, an expedition highlighting how we sustain biodiversity through technology, collaborative science, and local expertise. Sean has been journeying across the US and Canada in a converted camper van, named the Van Humboldt in honor of naturalist and explorer Alexander von Humboldt.  


    For this special, end-of-year episode of Conservation Conversations, we’re kicking the Van Humboldt into reverse gear and hearing from several members of the NatureServe Natural Heritage Network who joined Sean for a stop along the Van Tour. Hear about recent field adventures in Alabama’s Conecuh National Forest, rare species in the Adirondack Mountains of New York, biodiversity restoration projects in Pennsylvania, and our special partnership with NatureServe Canada.  


    The Van Humboldt still has a lot more natural heritage to explore in 2022. We invite you to join the ride by checking out www.natureserve.org/VanTour and following NatureServe on social media. Thank you, and on behalf of NatureServe, have a very happy New Year. 

    • 30 min
    Holiday Special

    Holiday Special

    In this special episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean reflects on the previous episodes and shares some of the moments that intrigued, surprised, and inspired him and the listeners. Hear from scientists, authors, and conservation leaders about their vital work, and learn about the impacts of the global climate crisis, the public health ramifications of biodiversity loss, threats to worldwide food systems, and more.


    We’re thankful for the conversations we had with all the guests on the show who inspire us by advancing positive environmental change. We hope these clips will inspire you, too. 

    • 25 min
    Dave Goulson: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

    Dave Goulson: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

    The bulk of species on earth are insects; yet, scientists are noticing that insects are dying off at an alarming rate. In this episode of Conservation Conversations, author and professor of biology at the University of Sussex Dave Goulson takes us through his latest book, "Silent Earth: Averting the Insect Apocalypse". Listen as he and Sean discuss the critical ecosystem services that insects provide, why they are disappearing and what we can do to help, and why all insects, from bees to earwigs, deserve our respect.

    • 29 min
    Peter Soroye: Identifying Canada's Key Biodiversity Areas

    Peter Soroye: Identifying Canada's Key Biodiversity Areas

    In the latest episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with scientist and conservation advocate Peter Soroye. Listen as Peter and Sean swap origin stories, discuss the value of Key Biodiversity Areas, and how citizen science can inspire people to get outside more. Together, they chat about pollinators and why diversity in the field of biodiversity conservation helps to foster creative solutions for our future.

    • 28 min
    Thomas Brooks: IUCN World Conservation Congress

    Thomas Brooks: IUCN World Conservation Congress

    In this timely episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Thomas Brooks, Chief Scientist of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ahead of the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking place September 3rd to September 11th in Marseille. Find out who will be participating and what major topics will be covered at the conference, and learn about how NatureServe and the IUCN collaborate on the Red Lists for Species and Ecosystems. Plus, Tom reflects on his days as Chief Scientist of NatureServe and some of the major global initiatives that NatureServe is a part of, including Biodiversity Indicators and Key Biodiversity Areas.

    • 34 min
    Doug Chadwick: Four Fifths a Grizzly

    Doug Chadwick: Four Fifths a Grizzly

    In this first episode of the new season of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with author and wildlife biologist Doug Chadwick to talk about the future of biodiversity conservation. Listen as Doug recounts his adventures with National Geographic, explains the need for connectedness between public lands, and shares what it means to be four-fifths a grizzly.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

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18 Ratings

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