Plenaries

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

How to Do Conservation Science, Implement it, and Not Die Trying

By Dr. Rodrigo Medellín, Senior Professor of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México.


Dr. Medellín has studied the ecology and conservation of mammals in Mexico for over 30 years. Dr. Medellín is a Senior Professor of Ecology at the National University of Mexico (UNAM)'s Institute of Ecology, where he has taught conservation biology and community ecology for over 20 years. He has been President of the Mexican Society of Mammalogists, Associate Editor of the Journal of Mammalogy, Conservation Biology, ORYX, and Acta Chiropterologica, and was the President of the Society for Conservation Biology from 2013-2015. He is the founder and director of the 15-year-old Program for the Conservation of Bats of Mexico, which he founded in 1994. Dr. Medellín is Co-Chair of the Bat Specialists Group of IUCN. Dr. Medellín has received many awards for his work in conservation; in 2004 he received the Whitley Award, and in 2012 he was the first-ever recipient of the Whitley Gold Award. In 2008, he received a Rolex Award for Enterprise. Last year, Dr. Medellín was the subject of a BBC documentary film titled Natural World: The Batman of Mexico.

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Ecological Complexity in the Coffee Farm

By Dr. Ivette Perfecto, George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Environment, University of Michigan.


Dr. Ivette Perfecto is the George W. Pack Professor of Ecology, Natural Resources, and Environment at the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources & Environment. Her research focuses on biodiversity and arthropod-mediated ecosystem services in rural and urban agriculture. She also works on spatial ecology of the coffee agroecosystem and is interested more broadly on the links between small-scale sustainable agriculture, biodiversity, and food sovereignty. Her lab is investigating how local level multi-species interactions generate autonomous pest control in agroecosystems using coffee agroforests as a model system. Dr. Perfecto has co-authored three books: Breakfast of Biodiversity, Nature’s Matrix: Linking Agriculture, Conservation and Food Sovereignty, and the forthcoming Coffee Agroecology.