Environmental Science, Policy & Engineering Program

2024 Winter Seminar Series

This year's ESPE winter seminar series is devoted to "Biodiversity: the other environmental crisis"

Climate change, rightfully, dominates much of the public and policy discussion about our environmental future. yet, the global threat to biodiversity is every bit as dangerous for the ability of the ecosphere to sustain our current living standards. This year's ESPE Winter Seminar Series will consider the science and public policy of efforts to conserve biodiversity. We will welcome three exciting speakers who are at the forefront of discussions within New York, regionally within the northeast, and globally.

This winter, the ESPE Winter Seminar Series explores these issues in a series of three talks, all of which are free and open to the public and will be held at Union College in the Nott Memorial at 6PM.

Wednesday, January 24th, 2024, 6:00PM

Jessica Ottney Mahar, Director for Policy and Strategy for New York Chapter of The Nature Conservancy

"Combating the dual crises of biodiversity loss and climate change with local and global action"

Wednesday, January 31st, 2024 6:00PM

Basil Seggos, Commissioner of NY Department of Environmental Conservation

"Protecting New York's wildlife and habitats in a changing climate"

Wednesday, February 7th, 2024 6:00PM

Dr. Shahid Naeem, Professor in Department of Ecology, Evolution, and the Environment, Columbia University

"Riding Shotgun on the Crest of the Sixth: Environmental Biology in an Age of Mass Extinction"