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(ENVS Lunch & Learn) Science and Conservation

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 and mosses that depend on late-successional or old-growth forest. He has worked closely both with timber companies and environmental groups. With a series of grants from the National Commission on Science for Sustainable Forestry, he has helped develop a simple, science-based approach to selecting sustainability indicators that include society’s economic, social, and environmental values. Dr. Hagan received a B.S. in Environmental Science from Texas Christian University, an M.S. in Wildlife Management from North Carolina State University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology, also from North Carolina State.

 

Every week during the academic year, the ENVS Lunch & Learn lecture series features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers.

Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are welcome to attend.

Food is generously sponsored by the Tufts Institute of the Environment.

You can’t make it to the talk? No problem!

Short Course: Coral Reef Ecology (Bermuda)

Spring Break Short Course
Wednesday, March 18 – Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bermuda is a world leader in marine conservation and the perfect place to experience the wonder of coral reefs.

Let Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES) and the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) be your guides to the world of corals through lectures, labs, and fieldwork.

Join fellow students in Bermuda this March where you’ll participate in snorkel tours and trips to Whalebone Bay and Nonsuch Island.

Topics Covered:
– biology of corals
– ecology of coral communities
– anthropogenic factors that impact coral reefs
– coral reef restoration and sustainability

Course Syllabus (PDF) and Course Schedule (PDF)

Accommodations are provided by BIOS, an internationally renowned nonprofit marine research and educational institution in St. George’s, Bermuda.

Cost: $1,550* ($800 tuition + $750 room and board)
* flights are not included.

Anyone may apply.  Limited space is available.

Interested in learning more?  Contact:
Desmond Beirne, Program Manager
E-mail:  djb2104@columbia.edu
Phone:  212-854-0149


Coral Reef Ecology: Bermuda is part of the Earth Institute Certificate Program in Conservation and Environmental Sustainability.

Conservation Vision Program Coordinator (San Francisco, CA)

Position Summary

We are seeking a full time Program Coordinator for our Conservation Vision Program. Through this program, The Trust for Public Land helps agencies and communities define open space and recreation priorities, identify lands to be protected, and plan networks of parks and other conserved lands that meet public need. The position is responsible for supporting the Director of Planning, based in San Francisco with research, writing and a variety of other Conservation Vision programmatic activities.

Essential Functions

  • Supports Conservation Vision program in research and writing on the following types of programs and initiatives: park, trail and open space planning; park and park system evaluations; green infrastructure; ecosystem services; and land and water connections.
  • Conducts research and writes reports related to communities with whom we are working. Besides doing internet research, this often includes collecting information via telephone interviews.
  • Manages community survey and park evaluation projects.
  • Supports teams in completing project work plans, including scheduling calls, site visits, and internet-based meetings.
  • Oversees the maintenance of databases and other information retrieval systems to help track program work. This includes conducting an annual evaluation of TPL’s 50+ completed conservation planning projects.
  • Assists in developing outreach materials, including factsheets, presentations, exhibit materials, and reports.
  • Assists in preparing grant proposals and reports; assists in meeting reporting deadlines.
  • Perform other relevant duties, including some administrative tasks, as necessary.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required with minimum 4 years related work experience or graduate degree in related field with some related professional work experience.
  • Course work in environmental studies/science, statistics, urban planning, public policy, or economics.
  • Superior written and oral communications skills.
  • Strong academic research and analytic skills. Experience summarizing data, policy papers and research.
  • Experience conducting evaluations, preferably park evaluations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Proficient with software tools for surveying, data analysis, and report design, such as Survey Monkey, Excel, R, and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Ability to work under pressure, juggle multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work independently or as a team member as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated commitment to parks, open space and land preservation.
  • Ability to use good judgment, take initiative, and problem solve.
  • Available for regular travel.
How to Apply:

Please apply online.