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March 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) The African elephant poaching crisis

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Ms. St. Clair Knobloch will discuss the poaching crisis facing African elephants – the direct causes and the indirect circumstances that worsen it — and the potential solutions. She has been particularly focused on the fate of the now critically endangered African forest elephant, on U.S. foreign policy goals in the region the forest elephants inhabit, and on how those goals are disrupted by the ivory trade. Nicole St. Clair Knobloch worked on climate policy, communications, and strategy for Ceres,…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Air quality in developing world disaster and conflict zones: the case of Haiti

March 12 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Data on air quality are remarkably limited in the poorest of the world’s countries. This is especially true for post conflict and disaster zones, where international relief efforts focus on more salient public health challenges such as water and sanitation, infectious diseases and housing. We use post-earthquake Haiti as an example case and contend there is an unmet need for additional attention to an important health challenge. Dr. Ann Rappaport has helped develop and implement the hazardous waste regulatory program…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) U.S. Customs and Border Protection: protecting American agriculture

March 26 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet It’s never a dull day in the life of a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Agriculture Specialist. Combining expertise in the natural sciences with the discipline of working in a fast-paced law enforcement environment, Agriculture Specialists are trained to serve as experts in the area of agricultural inspection, border intelligence, analysis, examination and enforcement activities. PA/BCL Smith joined CBP in 2005 as a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agriculture Specialist and was promoted to Supervisory CBPAS in 2008. He…

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April 2015
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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Science and Conservation

April 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Dr. John Hagan established Manomet’s Forest Conservation Program, based in Brunswick, Maine, in 1997. He has led a variety of field studies on forestry and biodiversity in the region and has helped transform how the forestry sector thinks about protecting biodiversity. His early work on birds and forestry showed that clearcuts can be important habitat for many species of conservation concern. He has also shown that modern forest management threatens the persistence of many less charismatic species, such as lichens…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Sustainability of small land-hold farmers in Africa: Real challenges and potential solutions

April 9 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Professor John A. Pickett is a world authority on semiochemicals in insect behavior and plant defense, and plays a leading role in the move away from the traditional use of wide-spectrum pesticides to more precise control through compounds targeted against specific pests at crucial stages in their life cycles. His work centers on the chemical ecology of interactions between insects, between insects and their plant or animal hosts, and between plants. John Pickett’s contributions to the field of chemical ecology…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Photographing climate change above and below the waterline

April 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet Boston photographer David Arnold (www.doublexposure.net) precisely compares glacier and coral scenes to create “then and now” comparisons to illustrate the significant changes already taking place above and below the waterline of a warming planet. His Double Exposure exhibit opened at Boston’s Museum of Science in 2008, then toured the country non-stop for four years. Currently he is working on a second exhibit. He will speak personally to the power of photography, and reflect with audience help about how we got into…

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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) New England Groundfish: A Story About Managing People

April 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center

Tweet New England fisheries date back several centuries, with the iconic Atlantic cod playing a key role in our countries’ development. In the 1970′s, faced with declining fish stocks, Congress passed the Magnuson-Stevens Act to create sustainable fisheries that benefit our fishermen and our Nation. The Act created eight Fishery Management Councils made up of fishermen, along with state and federal managers to develop measures to manage fisheries within the legal requirements. The New England Council is responsible for developing…

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