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.
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Greg Mueller: The Fantastic World of Fungi
In this episode of Conservation Conversations with Sean O'Brien, Sean is joined by Dr. Greg Mueller, Chief Scientist and Negaunee Vice President of Science for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Greg studies the ecology and conservation of mushrooms and other macrofungi. Today, he focuses on raising awareness about the importance of fungi in our natural communities. Listen to learn why we need fungi, how trees use an underground network to communicate, and how mycology inspires science fiction writing.
Murphy Westwood: Assessing the Trees of the U.S.
In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Dr. Murphy Westwood, Vice President of Science and Conservation at the Morton Arboretum, which recently collaborated with NatureServe and other organizations to create a comprehensive assessment of trees in the United States. Find out how many trees in the U.S. are threatened with extinction, what really makes a tree a tree, and how botanic gardens inspire and educate 500 million people around the world each year.
Justin Cummings: Uniting Science and Policy for Positive Change
In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Justin Cummings, the founding director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program and former mayor of the City of Santa Cruz. Justin shares how he united his background in science and policy to create positive change for his home, and how citizens of any background can get involved in conservation.
Neil Cox and Bruce Young: The First Global Reptile Assessment
In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean is joined by the lead authors of the first comprehensive assessment of the world's reptiles. Neil Cox is the manager of the Biodiversity Assessment Unit, a joint effort of IUCN and Conservation International, and Bruce Young is Chief Zoologist and Senior Conservation Scientist at NatureServe. Find out why everyone should care that one-fifth of the world's reptile species face extinction, and how we can save them before it's too late.
Razan Al Mubarak: Global Cooperation for Conserving Nature
In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean is joined by Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Razan shares how the IUCN leverages its constituency of governments, civil organizations, and indigenous communities to guide global policy change. The conversation also touches on Razan's personal experience in conservation as a woman from the UAE, and what diversity and authentic inclusivity bring to the field.
Healy Hamilton: Pin-pointing Areas of Conservation Priority
In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean is joined by NatureServe's own Chief Scientist, Dr. Healy Hamilton, to talk about the Map of Biodiversity Importance. Learn about what the map is, how it will help the United States to protect 30% of land and waters by 2030, and why we should care about biodiversity at all. Plus, Healy shares her own career journey and makes the case that seahorses are some of the most charismatic species on the planet.
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