Wildlife Biology Seminar Series—featuring a series of external speakers on topics relevant to Wildlife Biology and Environmental Biology.
Guest Speaker: Amy Villamagna (Plymouth State University) will speak on land use, community ecology
Land managers are growing increasingly aware of the connection between natural capital and society; however, much of this attention is given to the capacity to generate services rather than how services flow to the beneficiaries. Conservation areas, both public and private, are critical tools to conserve biodiversity and deliver important ecosystem services (ES) to society. Although societal benefits from such ES are increasingly used to promote public support of conservation, the number of beneficiaries, their identity, as well as the magnitude and perceived value of benefits are largely unknown for the vast majority of the United States (US) public-private conservation network. Better knowledge of ES flows to beneficiaries and their perceived value will help land managers make a stronger case for the broad collateral benefits of conservation and help to address issues of social-environmental justice. Through a suite of case studies ranging from the relatively small-scale assessment of two military bases to a bi-state network of public-private conservation areas in the southeast US, we will explore ES flows from protected lands and discuss the use of this knowledge to inform land management decisions.
This seminar series is open to anyone within the McGill community, but primarily targets NRS grad students and faculty.