Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
JOEL BERGER grew up in Los Angeles but traded surfing for desert and mountain adventures, and then science. He’s concentrated on animals larger than a bread box – both iconic endangered species and those lesser known – including black rhinos and wild yaks, Patagonia’s huemul, and saiga deep in Mongolia’s Gobi Desert. Extremes are the forte’, the Himalayas coupled with the most northern and southern of the world’s land masses where Bhutan has takin and the Russian and Alaskan Arctic muskoxen. Joel targets questions about climate change and habitat loss, including species in the USA’s backyard – bison, pronghorn, and mountain goats. With past support from the Guggenheim Foundation, Smithsonian, National Geographic, and the National Science Foundation, Joel’s work resulted in the USA’s only federally protected migration corridor, the “Path of the Pronghorn.’ He’s reached the public through NPR and People Magazine, the New York Times and even the Rapid City Journal. His latest book is ‘Extreme Conservation – Life at the Edges of the World’. Joel is the Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation at Colorado State University and a senior scientist for the (Bronx-based) Wildlife Conservation Society.
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The bar opens early, so grab a drink and mingle. Chat with colleagues and network with sources. Browse the creations of Colorado artists and learn about groundbreaking research on environmental issues at a scientists' poster session. Elected officials, renowned scientists, Native American leaders and distinguished writers will share welcoming remarks and brief presentations to introduce you to Colorado and the conference. A state known for its towering mountains, rivers and a booming recreation economy, Colorado is a leader in renewable energy development and climate action. At the same time, the state has welcomed and benefited economically from an oil and gas boom, and it is now grappling with how to balance these seemingly conflicting ideals and goals.
Colorado is also home to pioneering national labs and research institutions. Tonight you’ll learn how research by Colorado scientists spans the globe — from the Far North to the South Pole — in both geographic reach and impact.
3:45-5:30 p.m. Meet & Greet, open bar
5:30-6:00 p.m. Close bar, move bar, set up cash bar
6:00-7:00 p.m. Poster session, cash bar, light hors d'oeuvres
7:00-8:15 p.m. Program and cash bar
Pre-registration and $35 fee required; includes full breakfast and airport transportation.
Join us for a full breakfast and a discussion with Western authors at the Denver Botanic Gardens, a 24-acre urban oasis with nearly 50 curated gardens, a tropical conservatory, education programs and art exhibitions. The Gardens' horticulturalists and scientists work on local and global research projects related to plant and water conservation, climate change and biodiversity. Following the breakfast program, attendees can explore the Gardens and learn about various scientific research projects.
9:00 a.m. Breakfast
9:30-11:00 a.m. Blood, Sweat and Books (Okay, Probably Some Tears Too)
The Rocky Mountains provide the perfect backdrop for a discussion by authors who bring a sense of adventure and exploration to their books on critical environmental topics. Whether reporting on Western water issues from a pack raft, researching conservation at the Earth’s poles, exploring the world’s hotspots of air pollution, dumpster diving for aluminum cans or even jumping into fiction, these authors value seeing things for themselves.
Moderator: Michael Kodas, Freelance Reporter, Photojournalist, Educator and Author, “Megafire: The Race to Extinguish a Deadly Epidemic of Flame” and “High Crimes: The Fate of Everest in an Age of Greed”
Joel Berger, Professor and Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation, Department of FWC Biology, Colorado State University; Senior Scientist, Wildlife Conservation Society; and Author, “Extreme Conservation: Life at the Edges of the World” and “The Better to Eat You With: Fear in the Animal World”
Beth Gardiner, Journalist and Author, “Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution"
Heather Hansman, Freelance Writer, Editor, Raft Guide and Author, "Downriver: Into the Future of Water in the West"
Laura Pritchett, Author, "The Blue Hour" and "Stars Go Blue" and several other books
11:00 a.m.-Noon Garden Tours
Following the authors' program, two Denver Botanic Gardens horticulturalists will lead tours and discussions about the institution's longtime global research projects and the unique Steppe Garden. There will be two tours capped at 20 people each, so act fast and sign up on-site upon arrival at the Garden. Otherwise, the Gardens will be open to exploration until buses leave promptly at noon for the airport and hotels.
Departure: One bus will stage at each conference hotel — Hilton Fort Collins, Fort Collins Marriott and the Candlewood Suites — beginning about 7:30 a.m. for departure promptly at 8:00 a.m. Attendees not staying at one of these hotels who have preregistered for the Sunday program can board at any one of these hotels.
These buses will then become the airport buses that depart the Gardens at noon for arrival at Denver International Airport no later than 1:00 p.m. All buses will then return to Fort Collins hotels.
Noon: Conference ends and shuttles take attendees back to Fort Collins or to Denver International Airport, with airport arrival no later than 1:00 p.m.
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