A conference focusing on the importance of scientific research in our National Parks for the next 100-years will be held March 25-27, 2015 at UC Berkeley in partnership with the National Parks Service and the National Geographic Society. E.O. Wilson will deliver the keynote address at the conference.
In celebration of the upcoming 2016 National Parks centennial, this video has been created to highlight the important role our National Park system plays in scientific research. The vast expanses of these natural laboratories inspire projects that give researchers a better understanding of the changes that are occurring in the larger world.
“Though it is here that more and more scientists will be coming to solve mysteries, and they won’t be people in white coats, and they won’t be nerds who look like they’ve never stepped out in the sunshine. They will be adventurous.”—E.O. Wilson
Convening science leaders to launch a Second Century of stewardship for parks, 100 years after the birth of the National Park Service idea at Berkeley
This two and a half day summit at UC Berkeley, one of the world’s premier research institutions, will feature a keynote speech on the mission of parks by Edward O. Wilson, plus 16 plenary lectures or panels by leading natural, physical, and social scientists. Major topics include:
• the relevancy of the National Park Service (NPS) mission today
• scientific and management implications of the NPS mission in a changing world
• social and cultural dimensions for advancing the NPS mission.
Distinguished Plenary speakers and panelists include:
David Ackerly, Jill Baron, Steven Beissinger, Joel Berger, Edwin Bernbaum, Frank Dean, Ruth DeFries, Thomas Dietz, Josh Donlan, Holly Doremus, Ernesto Enkerlin-Hoeflich, John Francis, Denis Galvin, David Graber, Jane Lubchenco, Gary Machlis, Juan Martinez, George Miller, Hugh Possingham, Jedediah Purdy, Nina Roberts, Daniel Simberloff, Monica Turner, & Jennifer Wolch
Video recordings of plenary lectures and their publication in an edited book will extend the summit to a broad audience. Summit director Steven R. Beissinger, Professor of Conservation Biology, heads a planning committee of Berkeley faculty and NPS ex-officio members.
The future of science for parks and parks for science
The summit will engage top researchers with park leaders, scientists, managers, educators, and volunteers. It will take place on the Berkeley campus and will be followed by the George Wright Society’s biennial conference on parks, protected areas, and cultural sites in Oakland, CA, March 29–April 1, 2015.