Wisconsin Ecology 21st Annual Spring Symposium

Dr. Justin Brashares

We are pleased to host Dr. Justin Brashares, Professor of Wildlife Ecology & Conservation in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management at the University of California - Berkeley, as our keynote for the Wisconsin Ecology Spring Symposium on April 3 and 4, 2018.

Dr. Brashares' research program spans 3 continents and focuses on the biological, economic, and social consequences of biodiversity loss, and aims to understand how the consumption of wild animals and anthropogenic land-use change affects the dynamics of animal communities and the persistence of populations. A common thread throughout his work is understanding the relationships between humans and wildlife in an increasingly anthropogenic world. His research, however, extends beyond traditional ecology and conservation in order to consider the economic, political, and cultural factors that drive wildlife abundance and diversity. This focus on interdisciplinary ecology and conservation has highlighted the effects of overfishing on the bushmeat crisis, the role of trophy hunting and human development in the extinctions of African megafauna, and how such extinctions feedback to drive local education, regional economies, and social conflicts. Most recently, he has focused on how human health affects ecosystem health in order to develop and promote environmental sustainability and economic growth in developing nations. In addition, Dr. Brashares has made numerous contributions to traditional ecological fields, including habitat fragmentation and connectivity, climate-induced range contractions, Allee effects in social mammals, and predator-prey interactions in the African savannah, among others.

Ultimately, work in the Brashares strives to propose empirically-based, interdisciplinary strategies for biodiversity conservation, with research falling into 3 broad categories:

  • Community and population ecology of wildlife in altered ecosystems
  • Causes and ecological consequences of wildlife utilization
  • Landscape planning and monitoring for wildlife conservation

Read more about Dr. Brashares and his research.

The 2018 Wisconsin Ecology Fall Symposium is co-sponsored by: Anthropology, Community & Environmental Sociology, Civil & Environmental Engineering, The Center for Limnology, Entomology, Forest & Wildlife Ecology, Geography, The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University Lectures, and the UW-Madison Arboretum.

*Wisconsin Ecology Symposia are free and open to the public*

Spring 2018 Symposium

Location: Varsity Hall, Union South, 1308 Dayton St. (map)

Tuesday, April 3

3:00 p.m.
Dr. Justin Brashares

4:00 p.m.
Reception and Student Poster Session

Wednesday, April 4

1:00 p.m.

1:15 - 2:45 p.m.
Student Talks

2:45 p.m.
Coffee Break

3:00 p.m.
Dr. Justin Brashares

4:00 p.m.

See previous Symposia