Putting the diversity in biodiversity Feb. 19

Kate Wilkins Liba Pejchar
Associate Professor Liba Pejchar (left) and postdoctoral researcher Kate Wilkins survey plant species in the Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, where a herd of purebred American bison were released in 2015.

The Global Biodiversity Center will host a discussion featuring a diverse group of Colorado State University scientists who are making a positive impact in conservation and biodiversity Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at Maxline Brewing, 2724 McClelland Drive in Fort Collins.

Human well-being depends on biologically diverse ecosystems, yet biodiversity is disappearing at an unprecedented rate due to human pressures on the environment. Building the knowledge to tackle this pressing issue and developing strategies to integrate this knowledge into policy requires leaders with diverse backgrounds and expertise. Unfortunately, many groups have historically been excluded from professions related to biodiversity science and conservation, including women, people with diverse ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community.

Kate Schoenecker, research scientist from the United States Geological Survey, will lead a discussion about the importance of diverse perspectives in biodiversity science and conservation, the challenges of breaking into these fields for underrepresented groups, and opportunities to make these fields more welcoming and appealing to people from all backgrounds.

CSU panelists include:

•     Liba Pejchar, Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology
•     Lisa Angeloni, Department of Biology
•     Arathi Seshadri, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
•     Gillian Bowser, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory

The audience is encouraged to ask questions and share stories for an enlightening and informative discussion.

This event is free and open to the public. All attendees will receive $1 off all pints, and Atacolypse food truck will be on site.

For more information, contact the Global Biodiversity Center, which is housed at the School of Global Environmental Sustainability, through their Facebook page.