Thursday Plenary

Thursday, July 30, 2020: 10:30am – 12pm

Student Presentation Awards

Plenary: Collaborative conservation in a polarized age of extinction

The conservation of biodiversity remains the cornerstone of conservation science and practice, but efforts to conserve imperiled species often intersect with people’s use of natural resources. In today’s era of high political polarization, a collaborative approach to conservation of land and water and the species they support holds particular promise to recover species and bring people together. In this panel, speakers will describe dynamics that have allowed their collaborations to cross divides to stabilize or recover at-risk species. In this plenary, our speakers will describe an collaborations focused on at-risk species, including how it came together, the species being addressed, dealing with disagreement, using science, and other key elements of success.


Edalin Koziol (Policy Associate, TNC Colorado River Program) -Upper Colorado Endangered Fish Recovery Program

Nathan Seward (Terrestrial Biologist, Colorado Parks and Wildlife)-Gunnison Basin Wet Meadow Restoration

Osvel Hinojosa-Huerta (Director, Coastal Solutions Fellows Program, The Cornell Lab of Ornithology)- Collaboration for coastal habitat protection