ENVS Summer Reading Group
May 21, 2020
Do you have a passion for conserving nonhuman species and habitats? That’s what ENVX Symposium 2020-21 is all about! And in summer 2020 Lewis & Clark’s Environmental Studies Program will sponsor a reading group on conservation in preparation for Symposium.
The reading group will include prospective and admitted Lewis & Clark students, returning students, alumni, and faculty and staff; we’ll learn together about contemporary conservation and finalize our plans for Symposium. Whether you consider yourself a beginner or an expert in conservation, please join us!
We’ll focus on a major challenge facing contemporary conservation biology: the gap between conservation science, i.e., the best available knowledge, and implementation, i.e., what is actually being done. As suggested in a recent special issue of Biological Conservation, bridging the gap between conservation science and implementation may require fundamental, creative rethinking of the entire field (Maas, Toomey, and Loyola 2019).
Our readings will cover broad opportunities and challenges facing contemporary conversation, examine this impasse between conservation science and implementation, then move to specific topics we hope to cover during Symposium in fall.
Here are the initial discussion topics. For more information, please see the full schedule.
- Our conservation questions
- The current state of biodiversity
- The conservation response: Half-Earth?
- Classic and contemporary conservation in the Anthropocene
- Conservation science vs. implementation I
- Conservation science vs. implementation II
- [Topics for final five weeks to be determined by group in preparation for Symposium]
Maas, Bea, Anne Toomey, and Rafael Loyola. 2019. “Exploring and Expanding the Spaces between Research and Implementation in Conservation Science.” Biological Conservation 240 (December): 108290. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocon.2019.108290.