To conduct research and broad policy research and public outreach on the future of biodiversity and Earth’s life-support systems, and on harmonizing conservation and human well-being.
The 2013 Boething Lecture was presented on April 25, 2013 featuring Dr. William Burch, Emeritus Professor of Natural Resource Management at Yale University.
Dr. Burch spoke on the subject of "encouraging exosystem stewards in a world of diminished hopes."
A videos of his talk may be viewed here:
New paper in PNAS: Tree planting enables coexistence of Costa Rican birds and farmers
Excerpt from Stanford News report:
"The colorful birds of Costa Rica play a crucial role in the country's rural landscapes, by distributing seeds, controlling pesky insects and pollinating plants.
But knocking down the Costa Rican forest to make room for farms and pastures can drive away the birds and the benefits they bring to farmers.
Conserving Insectivores and Pest Control Services in Costa Rican Coffee Plantations
An article in the Amigos Newsletter by Daniel Karp
"For decades, the primary method for predicting the future of biodiversity assumed that humandominated landscapes were biological deserts. These “species-area” models simplified
the world into two states: patches of habitat and a vast human-dominated matrix, unsuitable for wildlife. Based on these models, the 13% of the world’s terrestrial surface that currently exists as protected areas could only hope to protect 5-10% of terrestrial biodiversity. With expanding population and resource demands, creating sufficient protected areas to preserve Earth’s biota seemed impossible.
Consequences of Human Land Use on the Genomes of Amphibians
An article in the Amigos Newsletter by Luke Frishkoff
"Tchx tchx tchx. Off to the left. Maybe 5 meters. Beyond two rows of coffee plants. I stand still hoping for another sound to break the serenity of the coffee plantation at dusk. Tchx tchx tchx. There it was again. I carefully duck below coffee bushes, never-the-less bumping the branches,
spraying remnant droplets of water from the afternoon rain storm over myself. Was the sound coming from this plant? I quickly scan the upper surfaces of the leaves, probing for the source. Nothing. Need another sound to hone in. I try to imitate the call, hoping to elicit a response.
On August 8, 2011, The New York Times published a profile of Gretchen Daily in the Science section, discussing the progress of the Natural Capital Project and the InVEST valuation model. Read the article here: An Economist for Nature Calculates the Need for More Protection
2013 Boething Lecture
William Burch - April 25, 2013
Dr. Burch spoke about "encouraging exosystem stewards in a world of diminished hopes."
2011 Boething Lecture
Alan Wesiman - March 31, 2011