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JU Science & Engineering Lecture Series Jan. 30: Marine Conservation

Dr. Larry B. Crowder of Stanford University will present a free seminar Jan. 30 titled “Current Ecological and Social Approaches to Marine Conservation” as part of Jacksonville University’s Science & Engineering Lecture Series.

Dr. Larry B. Crowder of Stanford University

Dr. Crowder will discuss the transition in marine conservation to ecosystem-based management. He will share with the audience how this approach considers people as part of marine ecosystems and strives to learn how to better achieve this integration. Dr. Crowder will make the argument that, in order to make many of our current activities more sustainable, we need to incorporate understanding from natural sciences, social sciences, institutional ecology, law, and policy. Dr. Crowder will illustrate this approach using examples from marine planning and small-scale fisheries.

The event is in the Reid Medical Science Center auditorium Room 105 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Seating is limited to 92 people, so to reserve your seat, click here. Pizza and sodas will be provided on a first-come first-served basis courtesy of the JU Division of Science & Mathematics. Funding for Dr. Crowder’s travel is provided by a grant to Jacksonville University from the Florida SeaGrant Elise Newell Seminar Series.

As resource managers in Florida strive to better protect coastal systems (especially in the face of climate change) and marine protected species (e.g., sea turtles), the lessons and methods from Dr. Crowder’s research will be useful, valuable, and directly applicable.

During his time at Duke University and now Stanford University, Dr. Crowder’s research helped establish founding principles in the field of marine conservation biology. Dr. Crowder’s research is “big picture” and embodies the interdisciplinary approach to the management and conservation of the world’s ocean resources. He is an internationally recognized expert on marine bycatch, nutrients and low oxygen, marine invasive species, climate change, and integrated ecosystem management. As Science Director at the Center for Ocean Solutions, Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute of the Environment and Edward Ricketts Provostial Professor at the Hopkins Marine Station, Stanford University, Dr. Crowder oversees numerous, large-scale, academic efforts in marine conservation.