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University of Connecticut Center for Environmental Sciences & Engineering

The Edwin Way Teale

Lecture Series

Past Lectures

2016-2017 Lecture Series



October 20, 2016

"Just Sustainabilities: Re-imagining e/quality, Living Within Limits"
Julian Agyeman
Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning,
Tufts University

November 3, 2016

"Our Rivers on Drugs: Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products as Agents of Ecological Change in Aquatic Ecosystems"
Rosi-Marshall
Senior Scientist,
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY

Lecture available here

December 1, 2016

"Wanting the Wild"
Harriet Ritvo
Arthur J. Conner Professor of History,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Lecture available here

February 2, 2017

"The Sixth Extinction"
Elizabeth Kolbert
Pulitzer Prize-winning Journalist

March 30. 2017

"Building Capacity for Adapting to Climate Change"
Maria Carmen Lemos
Professor and Associate Dean for Research, School of Natural Resources and Environment,
University of Michigan

April 19, 2017

"The Nile Project"
Mina Girgis
President and CEO,
The Nile Project

Lecture available here

2015-2016 Lecture Series



16 October 2015

"Island Ecosystems as Models for Human-Environment Interaction"
Peter Vitousek
Clifford G. Morrison Professor of Biology and Sykes Family Faculty Director of the Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources,
Stanford University

Lecture available here

19 November 2015

"Slow Violence, Environmental Activism, and the Arts"
Rob Nixon
Thomas A. and Currie C. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment,
Princeton University

Co-sponsors: Teale, Junior Faculty Forum of the Humanities Institute, and the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center

4 February 2016

"Of Mice and Men: Emerging Infectious Disease in a Warmer, More Fragmented World"
Rick Ostfeld
Senior Scientist,
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, New York

Lecture available here

3 March 2016

"Comedy, Economics, and Climate Change"
Yoram Bauman
Author, "standupeconomist," and carbon tax activist,
www.standupeconomist.com

21 April 2016

"Opportunities and Challenges of Shale Gas Production"
Mark Zoback
Benjamin M. Page Professor in Earth Sciences and Senior Fellow at the Precourt Institute for Energy,
Stanford University

Lecture available here

2014-2015 Lecture Series



September 25, 2014

"The Global Urban Crisis and an Ecological Way Forward"
Steward T. A. Pickett
Distinguished Senior Scientist,
Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies

Lecture available here

October 30, 2014

"The Importance of Being Urban: Density & the Green City"
Julie Campoli
Author & Photographer,
Terra Firma Urban Design

Lecture available here

November 20, 2014

"Climate Change in the American Mind"
Anthony Leiserowitz
Director, Yale Project on Climate Change Communication,
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

Lecture available here

February 26, 2015

"Dispatches from a Hotter Planet and a Cooler Cosmos"
Seth Borenstein
Associated Press national science writer

Lecture available here

March 26, 2015

"Ecological Imperialism Revisited: Entanglements of Disease, Commerce and Knowledge in a Global World"
Gregg Mitman
Vilas Research & William Coleman Professor of History of Science, Medical History & Environmental Studies,
University of Wisconin-Madison

Lecture available here

April 16, 2015

"From Silent Spring to Silent Night: A Tale of Toads & Men"
Tyrone Hayes
Professor of Integrative Biology,
University of California, Berkley

Lecture available here

2013-2014 Lecture Series



September 12, 2013

"Bridging the gap between the natural and social sciences for addressing our common future in a changing world"
Harold Mooney
Professor of Biology, Emeritus, and Senior Fellow,
Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment,
Stanford University

Lecture available here

October 3, 2013

"This Verse Business"
The Poetry of Robert Frost in a one person play written by A. M. Dolan,
performed by Emmy-winning actor Gordon Clapp

October 24, 2013

"Towards Sustainable Food Systems: A Tale of Three Transitions"
Olivier De Schutter
UN Social Rapporteur on the Right to Food

Lecture available here

March 27, 2014

"What role will the oceans play in meeting the global demand for food?"
Steven D. Gaines
Dean, Bren School of Environmental Science & Management,
University of California - Santa Barbara

Lecture available here

April 10, 2014

"Climate, Weather, Oceans and Biodiversity: Science in Policy and Politics"
Jane Lubchenco
Valley Professor of Marine Biology, Distinguished Professor of Zoology,
Former Administrator of NOAA

Lecture available here

2012-2013 Lecture Series



September 13, 2012

"The Natural Environment and the Strategy of Firms"
Forest L. Reinhardt
John D. Black Professor of Business Administration,
Harvard Business School

October 4, 2012

"Civilization: Is it Worth the Cost?"
George M. Woodwell
Founder,
Woods Hole Research Center

Lecture available here

November 8, 2012

"The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth's climate"
David Archer
Professor of Geophysical Sciences,
University of Chicago

Lecture available here

February 7, 2013

"The Emerging Alliance of Religion and Ecology"
Mary Evelyn Tucker
Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar,
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies

Lecture available here

March 14, 2013

"Give Science a Chance: Communicating about Environmental Risks"
Baruch Fischhoff
Howard Heinz University Professor, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, and Department of Engineering and Public Policy
Carnegie Mellon University

April 18, 2013

"The Lost Woods of Childhood"
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Professor, Creative Writing Program, Department of English,
Affiliated Faculty, Institute of the Environment,
University of Arizona

2011-2012 Lecture Series



October 20, 2011

Film Premiere: "Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for our Time"
Co-Producers Ann and Steve Dunsky and Senior Fellow, Curt Meine
Aldo Leopold Foundation

November 17, 2011

"Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming"
Naomi Oreskes
Professor of History and Science,
University of California, San Diego

Lecture available here

December 8, 2011

"Integrating Energy and Environmental Policy: The Path Forward for Protecting Our Natural Resources and Building our Economy"
Daniel Esty
Commissioner,
Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP)

February 23, 2012

"The Future of Plants"
Sir Peter Crane
Dean,
Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies

March 1, 2012

"In Pursuit of a New Environmentalism"
David Gessner
Associate Professor of Creative Writing,
University of North Carolina, Wilmington

March 29, 2012

"The Hockey Stick: On the Front Lines in the Climate Wars"
Michael Mann
Professor, Director, Earth System Science Center,
The Pennsylvania State University

Lecture available here

2010-2011 Lecture Series



September 23, 2010

"The Voice Of Science In Policy Making"
Gene E. Likens
Distinguished Senior Scientist; Ecologist; Founding Director and President Emeritus of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; Distinguished Research Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,
University of Connecticut

October 21, 2010

"From Simple Traits To Complex Systems: What Do The Humble Plant Leaf And "Advanced" Human Societies Tell Us About The Future Of Planet Earth?"
Peter B. Reich
Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Forest Resources,
University of Minnesota

November 11, 2010

"9 Billion People + 1 Planet = ?"
Andrew Revkin
New York Times Dot Earth blogger, Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding,
Pace University Academy for Applied Environmental Studies

Lecture available here

December 9, 2010

"Can we sustain democracy and the planet, too?"
Philip Kitcher
John Dewey Professor of Philosophy,
Columbia University

February 17, 2011

"Finding Common Ground"
Rick Bass
Author, environmental activist

March 31, 2011

"Tropical Forests, Climate Mitigation, And Agricultural Production"
Ruth S. DeFries
Denning Professor of Sustainable Development, Department of Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology,
Columbia University

April 28, 2011

"Challenges in water provisioning, delivery, and quality for urban populations: analysis of global patterns and an aridland case study"
Nancy Grimm
Professor, Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Science, School of Life Sciences,
Arizona State University

2009-2010 Lecture Series



September 24, 2009

"A Sober Look at Global Warming"
Dr. Kerry Emanuel
Professor of Atmospheric Science and POAC Director,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

October 22, 2009

"Literature and Sustainability"
John Elder
Professor of English and Environmental Studies,
Middlebury College

November 19, 2009

"Coming Down to Earth: Valuing Nature to Improve Decision-Making"
Dr. Stephen Polasky
Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics,
University of Minnesota

Lecture available here

February 4, 2010

"A Sense of Wonder: a film about Rachel Carson"

March 4 , 2010

"Unquenchable: America's Water Crisis and What To Do About It"
Dr. Robert J. Glennon
Morris K. Udall Professor of Law and Public Policy,
University of Arizona

2008-2009 Lecture Series



October 16, 2008

"Ecosystem Services Science & Policy - A New Old Idea Finally Comes of Age"
J.B. Ruhl
Matthews & Hawkins Professor of Property Law,
Florida State University College of Law

November 6, 2008

"Forces of Nature"
performed by the Connecticut Repertory Theatre

November 20, 2008

"Water: A continuous fluid in a fragmented policy framework"
Don Scavia
Professor and Michigan Sea Grant Director,
University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment

February 5, 2009

"Bridging the Science/Journalism Gap in a Time of Epochal Change"
Bud Ward
Editor,
The Yale Forum on Climate Change and The Media

March 5, 2009

"Forest carbon stocks and land-use: Reconciling the international agenda with the needs of indigenous populations"
Catherine Potvin
Professor, Department of Biology,
McGill University

April 2, 2009

"Sun Tzu and the Art of War: How the Battle of Museums to Survive Has a Negative Impact on Nature and the Environment"
Michael Mares
Presidential Professor of Zoology, University of Oklahoma and Distinguished Research Curator of Mammals,
Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

2007-2008 Lecture Series



September 20, 2007

"Corporate Environmentalism: Doing Well by Doing Good?"
Geoffrey Heal
Paul Garrett Professor of Public Policy and Business Responsibility,
Columbia University

October 4, 2007

"Endangered Species Conservation: An Assessment and Prognosis"
Michael J. Bean
Attorney, Chair of the Wildlife Program,
Environmental Defense Fund

November 15, 2007

"Emerging new forests in the shining star of the Caribbean"
Ariel Lugo
Director,
International Institute of Tropical Forestry

February 7, 2008

"Brewing biodiversity: the ecology of coffee farms in Chiapas, Mexico"
Ivette Perfecto
Professor of Natural Resources,
University of Michigan

March 20, 2008

"Hope in a Dark Time: The Promises of Religious Environmentalism"
Roger Gottlieb
Professor of Philosophy,
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

April 10, 2008

"This Earth, Our Mother"
Joseph Bruchac
Storyteller and Writer

2006-2007 Lecture Series



September 14, 2006

"The Dodo's Legacy: Conservation on Mauritius"
Carl Jones
International Research Fellow, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust; Scientific Director, Mauritian Wildlife

October 19, 2006

"Carbon Taxes to Slow Global Warming"
William Nordhaus
Member of the National Academy of Science; Sterling Professor of Economics,
Yale University

February 1, 2007

"Ideas About Time: Recent Projects that Investigate the Relationship of Time, Space and Photography"
Mark Klett
Regents Professor of Art,
Arizona State University

March 22, 2007

"Climate, Climate Change, and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change"
Richard Somerville
Distinguished Professor,
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

April 12, 2007

"The Sibley Guide to Birds, "Birds and Bird Guides.""
David Allen Sibley
Author and Illustrator

2005-2006 Lecture Series



September 29, 2005

"High Voltage Conservation Action in Tropical America"
Sharon Matola
Founding Director,
Belieze Zoo and Tropical Education Center

October 12, 2005

"Trees and Late Paleozoci 02 X XX CO2 Climate Evolution"
Robert A. Berner
Alan M. Bateman Professor of Geology and Geophysics,
Yale University

November 3, 2005

"This Sacred Trust: The American Land and the Climate Emergency"
James Gustave Speth
2002 Blue Planet Prize Awardee; Dean, School of Forestry and Environmental Studies,
Yale University

February 2, 2006

"Community gardens as a response to environmental justice concerns: evaluating the effects gardens have on the neighborhood"
Vicki Been
Eliju Root Professor of Law; Director, Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy,
New York University Law School

February 16, 2006

"Producing Wildlife: The Unintended Natures of Conservation in India"
Paul Robbins
Associate Professor of Geography & Regional Development,
University of Arizona

April 20, 2006

"Brave New Ocean"
Jeremy Jackson
William E. and Mary B. Ritter Professor; Director, Geosciences Research Division, Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
University of San Diego

2004-2005 Lecture Series



September 22, 2004

"The Role of Science in National Policy Making: Lessons from Working in Congress and The White House"
Rosina Bierbaum
former Clinton White House Director of the Office of Science, Technology and Policy; Dean, School of Natural Resources and Environment,
University of Michigan

October 21, 2004

"Teaming With Life: The Future of Life at the Dawn of the Sixth Great Extinction"
Tom Lovejoy
Director,
The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

November 17, 2004

"Leaving Lascaux: The Frontier of Human Nature"
Barry Lopez
National Book Award Winner

February 24, 2005

"Living Sustainably on a Planet of Extremes"
William Hooke
Director, Atmospheric Policy Program,
American Meteorological Society

March 24, 2005

"Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism"
Char Miller
Trinity University, Texas

April 21, 2005

"Achieving the Millennium Development Goals on Hunger"
Pedro Sanchez
2002 World Food Prize, Director of Tropical Agriculture & Co-chair, Millennium Project Hunger Task Force,
Columbia University Earth Institute

2003-2004 Lecture Series



September 23, 2003

"Greening the Campus: How Universities are Improving Environmental Performance and Sustainability"
Julian Keniry
Director,
National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology Program

October 9, 2003

"Below-ground Biodiversity of Hot and Cold Deserts"
Diana Wall
Professor and Director, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory,
Colorado State University

November 20, 2003

"Environmental Esthetics: Beauty and the Evolutionary Mind of the Beholder"
Gordon Orians
Professor Emeritus of Zoology,
University of Washington

February 12, 2004

"A Sense of Wonder: A One Act Play Based on the Life and Works of Rachel Carson"
Kaiulani Lee
Playwright and Actor,
OBIE Award winner for outstanding achievement off-Broadway

April 8, 2004

"Penguins, People, Pollution, and Politics: When Science is not Enough"
P. Dee Boersma
Professor, Zoology,
University of Washington

April 29, 2004

"Economic Incentives for Spatial Habitat Design to Protect Endangered Species"
Jason Shogren
Stroock Distinguished Professor of Natural Resource Conservation and Management, Department of Economics and Finance,
University of Wyoming

2002-2003 Lecture Series



September 23, 2002

"Prehistoric human impacts on the environment of Amazonia, with emphasis on anthropogenic dark earths"
William Denevan

October 17, 2002

"Environment and statecraft: the strategy of environmental treaty-making"
Scott Barrett

November 14, 2002

"Crossing Thresholds: The Environment as Moral Challenge"
Bill McKibben
Award-winning Author,
Middlebury College

February 20, 2003

"Estimating Climate and Climatic Change from Lousy Weather-Station Networks"
Cort Willmott
Professor, Geography,
University of Delaware

March 27, 2003

"African Climate Change and Human Evolution"
Peter deMenocal
Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences and Columbia Earth Institute,
Columbia University

April 24, 2003

"Linked Watershed/Ocean/Human Ecosystem: Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico Water Quality"
Nancy N. Rabalais
Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

2001-2002 Lecture Series



October 10, 2001

"Snowball earth: testing the limits of global change"
Paul Hoffman

November 15, 2001

"he value of nature and human physical and mental well being"
Stephen Kellert

February 18, 2002

"The plaza or the pendulum: Two concepts of the ecosystem"
Mark Sagoff

March 7, 2002

"Humanist environmentalism"
William Cronon

April 17, 2002

"Forecasting the future of biodiversity in a human-dominated world"
Gretchen Daily

2000-2001 Lecture Series



September 22, 2000

"Tropical conservation through biodiversity development: The only hope"
Dan Janzen

October 11, 2000

"Dividing the waters: the challenge of sustaining people and ecosystems in a new era of scarcity"
Sandra Postel

November 2, 2000

"Swampwalker's Journal: Reflections on 50 Years of Turtles and Wetlands"
David Carroll
Author, Illustrator, and Environmental Consultant

February 21, 2001

"Making Parks Work"
John Terborgh
Co-Director of the Center for Tropical Conservation,
Duke University

March 8, 2001

"Tropical Forests: For Whom and For What?"
Jeffrey Vincent
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy,
Harvard University

April 24, 2001

"The Concept of the Intrinsic Value: Theoretical and Pragmatic Considerations"
J. Baird Callicott
President, International Society for Environmental Ethics; Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies,
University of Texas

1999-2000 Lecture Series



September 23, 1999

"Thoreau's country: Historical insights to ecology and conservation"
David R. Foster

October 13, 1999

"Global climate change during the last 400,000 years"
Mike Bender

December 9, 1999

"Fertilizer and global change in the nitrogen cycle, too much of a good thing?"
Pam Matson

February 9, 2000

"Sustainable development is not a destination (it's the way you make the trip)"
Dennis Meadows

February 22, 2000

"Edwin Way Teale - An American Naturalist"
Ann F. Guian
"On the trail to Trailwood: In pursuit of Edwin Way Teale"
Thomas A. Potter

March 15, 2000

"Regulation by revelation: Disclosure strategies for controlling pollution"
Tom Tietenberg

April 26, 2000

"Nature and the everglades - in the fiction AND nonfiction of Peter Matthiessen"
Pete Matthiessen

1998-1999 Lecture Series



September 24, 1998

"Gratitude to trees: Buddhist resource management in Asia and California"
Gary Snyder

October 27, 1998

"Science, politics and the Endangered Species Act"
David Wilcove

December 3, 1998

"The science of nature: The nature of science"
Gene Likens

February 11, 1999

"Regulating environmental health risks"
Maureen Cropper

March 23, 1999

"Sustainability and obligations to future generations"
Bryan Norton

April 22, 1999

"Environmentalism in the 21st Century: New ways to get results"
Fred Krupp

1997-1998 Lecture Series



September 24, 1997

"Economics and Ecology: The value of ecosystem services"
Robert Costanza

October 23, 1997

"Pollution and prejudice: Who bears the burden of environmental risk?"
Evan J. Ringquist

November 13, 1997

"Pricing what is priceless: Ecologists vs. economists"
Kerry Smith

February 12, 1998

"Financial challenges to the implementation of the convention on biological diversity in developing countries"
Eduardo Fuentes

March 12, 1998

"The environmental imagination"
Lawrence Buell

April 28, 1998

"Beyond science and reason"
Paul Ehrlich