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Nature Conservancy Top Scientist Peter Kareiva to Deliver Gonzaga’s Annual O’leary Lecture Nov. 18

Peter Kareiva, Gonzaga’s 2013 O’Leary Distinguished Scientist

SPOKANE, Wash. – Peter Kareiva, chief scientist for The Nature Conservancy, will deliver Gonzaga University’s 28th annual O’Leary Lecture titled, “Rethink, Revitalize, and Rebuilding the Environmental Movement: A Call for Tolerance and Nontraditional Partnerships,” at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 18 in the Cataldo Hall Globe Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. 

Kareiva was named a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2011 for his excellence in original scientific research. He joined The Nature Conservancy in 2002 after more than 20 years in academics and work at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, where he directed the Northwest Fisheries Science Center Conservation Biology Division. He is responsible for developing and helping to implement science-based conservation throughout the organization and for forging new linkages with partners. In addition to his duties as the Conservancy’s chief scientist, Kareiva’s current projects emphasize the interplay of human land-use and biodiversity, resilience in the face of global change, and marine conservation. 

A prolific scientific writer, Kareiva has authored more than 100 articles in such diverse fields as mathematical biology, fisheries science, insect ecology, risk analysis, genetically engineered organisms, agricultural ecology, population viability analysis, behavioral ecology, landscape ecology, and global climate change. In 2007, he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a member of the Ecological Society of America and the Society for Conservation Biology.  He earned a master’s of science in environmental biology from the University of California, Irvine, and a Ph.D. in ecology and evolutionary biology from Cornell University. 

In addition to conducting research, he believes that general communications and writing are essential in science, and has written – with Dr. Michelle Marvier of Santa Clara University – the conservation textbook “Conservation Science: Balancing the Needs of People and Nature” (Roberts & Company 2010).

Gonzaga annually hosts a distinguished scientist from a major research university or institute as the O’Leary Lecturer for several days, primarily to meet with Gonzaga science majors. The visiting scientist delivers a specialized lecture and is officially introduced as the O’Leary Distinguished Scientist at a public lecture designed for general audiences.

Kareiva also co-founded (with Gretchen Daily and Taylor Ricketts) the Natural Capital Project, a pioneering partnership among The Nature Conservancy, Stanford University and the World Wildlife Fund to develop credible tools that allow routine consideration of nature’s assets (or ecosystem services) in a way that informs the choices we make everyday at the scale of local communities and regions, all the way up to nations and global agreements. 

For more information, please contact Howard L. Glass, director of the Inland Northwest Natural Resources Research Center, at (509) 313-3888. 

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