Connectivity: The key to integrating ecology, conservation and geopolitics

The speaker for this year's Heron-Allen Lecture will be Dr Sam Cushman, Senior Research Fellow at WildCRU, Department of Biology, University of Oxford. His talk will be on the topic of 'connectivity'.

Connectivity is a word that has many connotations in common English usage. It is synonymous with bandwidth in internet and wireless networks. It is used interchangeably with bars in cellular phone coverage. It is used to describe the depth of social networks. Indeed, connectivity is the central attribute of all networks. Networks, themselves, arguably are the central entity that organizes the world in the 21st century. In this year's Heron-Allen Lecture, Dr Sam Cushman will describe connectivity from the first principles of geography and ecology and discuss how network connectivity is not only analogous but interlinked in disciplines as seemingly disparate as ecology and geopolitics and forms the core basis of applied efforts to mitigate the global biodiversity and extinction crises.

The Heron-Allen Lecture will run from 5.00pm until 6.30pm and will be followed by a drinks reception from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, which all attendees are welcome to attend. You can book your place via the link below.

About Dr Sam Cushman

Sam is a biodiversity scientist and conservation biologist who earned a BS degree in Ecology from The Evergreen State College, an MS degree in Terrestrial Ecology from Western Washington University, and a PhD in Landscape Ecology from the University of Massachusetts. He holds academic appointments at several universities in the United States, Europe and Asia. He has been a close collaborator for the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) since 2010 and has been a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Zoology at Oxford since 2016. In 2023 he joined the WildCRU staff as as Senior Research Fellow. Sam’s research spans species distribution modeling, connectivity analysis, population dynamics, landscape genetics, and applying these methods to optimize conservation and management scenarios. 

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