Free Lecture: Conserving Caribou — Matters of Space, Time, and Scale

Caribou are a species of superlatives.  One of the most mobile pedestrians on the planet, this animal is also one of the most daunting challenges in conservation.  Across the North, most caribou populations are declining; caribou have vanished from one quarter of their historic range.  In this talk, Jim Schaefer will explore the natural history that makes this animal so fascinating and so formidable a conservation challenge.  To keep caribou is to grapple with vast scales — on time scales that span multiple decades, on spatial scales that stretch across whole landscapes.  As a starting point for keeping caribou, therefore, we must adopt a caribou’s eye view.

Jim Schaefer is Professor of Biology at Trent University, where he teaches ecology, conservation biology, and communicating science.  He is founding Director of the Trent Centre for Communicating Conservation, a member of the International Boreal Conservation Science Panel, and a Fellow with the Leopold Leadership Program, dedicated to conveying science to the public.

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