Sustaining Our World Lecture Series

Every spring, we host the Sustaining Our World Lecture. We launched this annual series more than a decade ago to explore complex issues of natural resource conservation and management—initially focusing on the Pacific Northwest, but then broadening our lens to address regional and international challenges, as well. Topics have ranged from large carnivore conservation to the human-nature connection, wildfire management, building tall with wood, and so much more. Invited speakers have come from our own faculty and many other academic fields and disciplines, including architects, environmental writers, elected officials and other prominent experts.

Our speaker this year was one of the most influential ecologists in the world, Professor Emeritus Anthony Sinclair from the University of British Columbia.

His research has included long-term studies of the Serengeti—nearly 50 years of data, and counting—to projects in Africa, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He has explored everything from the regulation of mammal populations to the causes of migration and its consequences on ecosystem processes. His lecture for us addressed the vital importance of rewilding ecosystems to preserve biodiversity and the stability of natural systems around the globe.

What: "The future of conservation: Lessons from the past and the need for rewilding of ecosystems"
When: Tuesday, April 4, 6 to 7 p.m.
Where: Anderson Hall, Room 223

We will share the video of his talk soon.


Previous Sustaining Our World Lectures

2016: "Witness Tree: My year with a single, 100-year old oak," with Lynda Mapes
2015: "Human[-]Nature: Care for Our World is Care for Ourselves," with Molly Steinwald
2014: "PLANT CUT BUILD REPEAT: Natural solutions to complex problems," with Michael Green
When Humans and Nature Collide
Are Cities for the Birds?
Bats in Managed Forests
Challenges of Forest Stewardship
From Fire to Flowers
Forests Aflame: Strategies and Challenges for Managing Fire in the West
Form & Textural Contrast in Garden Design & Plant Selection
Who Shapes the Visual Landscape, and Does It Matter?
Tales from the Forest
A Warmer Pacific Northwest: Lessons from the Past
Climbing, Research and Teaching: Adventures, Accidents, Change, and Joy
Of Insects and Ecosystems
Creating Futures Since 1907
History of Forestry in the United States (transcript)) pdf
A View from the Commissioner of Public Lands
Natural Resource Issues in the Pacific Northwest: The Next Century
Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Rare Plant Conservation in the Pacific Northwest (link missing)
Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Carnivore Conservation in the Pacific Northwest
Climate, Forests, and Future
Trees as Providers and Inspiration for Our Lives