WAZE is excited to present a diverse & accomplished set of speakers that will help to provide a foundation of knowledge and a springboard for discussion surrounding this year’s theme. (Each speaker’s name links to another website to provide additional information about the speaker).

Keynote and Annelisa Kilbourn Memorial Speaker:

Richard Kock, M.A., V.M.B., V.M.D., MRCVS
Co-chair, Species Survival Commission (SSC) Veterinary Specialist Group
Professor, Wildlife Health and Emerging Diseases
Royal Veterinary College
University of London
Session Title: “Conservation or Confabulation?”

Session Speakers:

Eleanor Sterling Ph.D., M.Phil.
Director, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
American Museum of Natural History
Session Title: “How does Incorporating Evolutionary and Ecological Processes into Conservation Change our Strategies?”

Aaron Bernstein M.D., M.P.H.
Faculty, Center for Health and the Global Environment
Instructor in Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Harvard School of Public Health
Session Title: “Emerging Diseases and Emerging Ecologies: What Changes to the Biosphere Mean for Human Infectious Illness”

Liza Grandia, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of International Development, Community and Environment (IDCE)
Clark University
Session Title: “Where Animals Belong to the Mountains: Q’eqchi’ Maya Sacred Areas and Wildlife Corridors”

Alonso Aguirre D.V.M., M.S., Ph.D.
EcoHealth Alliance
Senior Vice President, Conservation Medicine Program
Cofounder, Consortium of Conservation Medicine
Session Title: “Conservation Medicine and Sorta Situ: Novel Approaches for the Management of Captive and Wildlife Populations in the Absence of Wild Spaces”

Jonathan Harris Ph.D., M.A.
Adjunct Associate Professor of Environmental Economics
The Fletcher School
Tufts University
Senior Research Associate
Tufts University Global Development And Environment Institute
Session Title: “The Economics of Conservation: Payment for Ecosystem Services”

Katherine Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology (Research)
Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Brown University
Session Title: “Rats on Islands, Wildlife Trade & the IUCN Red List: Creative Methods for Studying Disease and Biodiversity”

Julie Langenberg, V.M.D.
Vice President, Conservation Science
International Crane Foundation
Session Title: “Conservation of Cranes is all about Ecosystem Health”

Andrew Tirrell, J.D., MALD
Sustainable Development and Diplomacy Doctoral Research Fellow
Center for International Environment and Resource Policy
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
Tufts University
Session Title: “Hydroelectric Dams, Indigenous Communities, and Conservation: A Case Study from Western Panama”