Forum on Ethics and Nature
A Cascade of Loss, an Ethics of Recovery
Keynote Speaker: Robin Kimmerer
Keynote Speaker: Ben A. Minteer
Keynote Speaker: Janisse Ray
Stanley A. Temple
Stanley A. Temple is the Beers-Bascom Professor Emeritus in Conservation at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For 32 years, he held the academic position once occupied by Aldo Leopold. He is currently a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation. He has received major conservation awards from The Society for Conservation Biology, The Wildlife Society and The Wisconsin Society for Ornithology, and he is a Fellow of The American Ornithologists' Union, The Explorer's Club, The Wildlife Conservation Society, and The American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has been President of the Society for Conservation Biology and Chairman of the Board of The Nature Conservancy in Wisconsin.
My research is focused on the reproductive ecology and population viability of rare and threatened plant species. My approach includes experimental manipulation on the effects of management options to understand patterns of resource allocation and how demographic trade-offs may influence vital rates and population trajectories.
Allison Sacerdote-Velat is a reintroduction biologist at Lincoln Park Zoo. She works collaboratively with the Lake County Forest Preserve District on conservation and recovery planning for smooth green snakes an Illinois "species in greatest need of conservation." Her work entails field sampling, population assessment and habitat evaluation of smooth green snakes in northern Illinois and planning for a smooth green snake captive-breeding and head-starting program. Sacerdote-Velat completed her doctoral work at Northern Illinois University, studying the reintroduction of extirpated amphibians into restored flatwoods wetlands in northern Illinois. Prior to her work at Lincoln Park Zoo, she was a wildlife biologist with a variety of state wildlife agencies, universities, the Wildlife Conservation Society and the National Park Service. She had the opportunity to work with a wide array of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, sharp-tailed sparrows, desert tortoise, eastern hognose snakes, turtles, phainopeplas, small mammals and amphibians.
Liam Heneghan is an ecosystem ecologist working at DePaul University where he is a professor of Environmental Science and co-director of DePaul University's Institute for Nature and Culture. His research has included studies on the impact of acid rain on soil foodwebs in Europe, and on inter-biome comparisons of decomposition and nutrient dynamics in forested ecosystems in North American and in the tropics. Over the past decade, Heneghan and his students have been working on restoration issues in Midwestern ecosystems. Heneghan is co-chair of the Chicago Wilderness Science Team. He is also a graduate student in philosophy, an essayist, and an occasional poet.
Jifunza Wright Carter
Jifunza Wright Carter is a family physician boarded in holistic integrative medicine. She is also a community health advocate. For her, the work she does at the Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living is the higher healing work. "We have a wonderful opportunity before us to transform our lives and our relationships with ourselves and the planet. The commitment of Black Oaks Center for Sustainable Renewable Living is the children. Giving them the tools and the skills for the future."
Curt Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer who serves as Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation and with the Center for Humans and Nature, and as Associate Adjunct Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has written several books, including Aldo Leopold: His Life and Work and Correction Lines: Essays on Land, Leopold, and Conservation, and is the on-screen guide in the documentary film Green Fire: Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time.