January 18, 2018: IRES Faculty Seminar
Hope in the Anthropocene Series
Speaker: Thomas D. Sisk

IRES Seminar Series

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm (every Thursday)

Location: AERL Theatre (room 120), 2202 Main Mall


Cross-border Conservation: Theory, Case Study, and a Role for Science in Policy and Action


Borders separate and divide. Territorial and administrative borders separate policy domains and often divide once-continuous ecosystems through the imposition of differing management regimes. These changes may compound to fragment and isolate once-continuous habitat, decouple ecosystem function, and thwart cooperation on conservation policy and action. I will discuss theory from research on ecological edge effects to explore analogs in policy development and planning, drawing on examples from Mexico, the US, and Canada.

This seminar will not be filmed.



Thomas D. Sisk is the Olajos-Goslow Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at Northern Arizona University, where he directs the Landscape Conservation Initiative. Tom and his research group have pioneered landscape-level analyses of biodiversity and collaborative approaches for engaging diverse voices in conservation planning. Tom and his colleagues work to improve policy and on-the-ground outcomes by delivering rigorous science to participatory processes, leveraging field research, remote sensing, and spatial and statistical modeling. Tom holds a Ph.D. in biological sciences from Stanford University, served as Special Assistant for Science to the Director of the National Biological Service, and is a founding board member of Conservation Science Partners. His career is dedicated to training the next generation of conservation leaders, who are diversifying the conservation profession and developing novel career pathways for protecting biodiversity during this period of rapid environmental change.


  • Thomas will also be speaking on Wednesday, January 17th 2018 at UBC Green College. Click on the links below for more details.






New this year: With humanity’s creation of a new geological era marked by dominant human influences on planetary processes, the Anthropocene seems to offer little hope.

And yet, the same ingenuity that enables human domination over the Earth also allows a certain genius in addressing the many rising environmental and sustainability challenges.

Hope in the Anthropocene will showcase such inspirations and solutions in tackling climate change, harnessing energy, feeding humanity, governing states, and meeting our collective water and sanitation needs all while respecting Indigenous peoples and protecting nature and its benefits for people.

A collaboration between Green College and the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability at the University of British Columbia, Hope in the Anthropocene will feature 6 accomplished speakers from around the world presenting in the IRES Seminar Series.







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