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A Wild Ideas Worth Sharing Public Seminar: Visualizing Biodiversity for a Better World—How Science, Art, and Imagination Create Change
Tuesday, July 25 @ 6:00 pm-8:00 pmFree
Missouri Botanical Ridgway Visitor Center, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110 + Google Map
— a Wild Ideas Worth Sharing special partnership event
The Wild Ideas Worth Sharing speaker series offers opportunities to network, learn, and envision a more biodiverse St. Louis region. Local and regional practitioners share stories and insights from real-world projects happening in the region, and challenge us all to wildly rethink where we live, work, play, and prosper.
Free and Open to all. Registration Required. Register by Monday, July 24. CLICK HERE to REGISTER! Free parking in Missouri Botanical Garden lots.
6:00 p.m. Check-in and Networking
6:45 p.m. Formal Presentations
Free wine, beer, and light appetizers
Leighton Reid, Ph.D., Assistant Scientist, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden
Visualizing Rainforests in Tropical Cow Pastures
As a restoration ecologist, Dr. Leighton Reid aims to improve ecological restoration outcomes through applied research, capacity building, and public engagement. Reid has studied birds, bats, seed dispersal, tree communities, vascular epiphytes, and human dimensions of restoration in southern Costa Rica, small mammal communities in California and Oregon, and long-term plant community changes in eastern hardwood forests. Drawing on his experiences studying ecosystem recovery and restoration in Costa Rica, Madagascar, and Missouri, Leighton shares how observing natural history can reveal the ecological potential of degraded landscapes.
David George Haskell, Ph.D., author of The Forest Unseen and The Songs of Trees
The Songs of Trees
The lives of people and trees have been connected since the dawn of humanity. In the modern era these relationships take many forms, from industrial forestry and urban street trees to “conserved” nature and fuel for “green” electricity production. Dr. David George Haskell traveled to a dozen trees around the world to listen to these diverse interconnections. His work combines sound recording, conversations with local people, and investigations of the scientific literature, all rooted in repeated sensory engagement with the trees. The result is a book, The Songs of Trees, that combines contemplation and science, ethics and literature. Deborah Blum, Pulitzer winner and director of the Knight Science Journalism program at MIT wrote that Haskell “may be the finest literary nature writer working today.”
Books available for purchase and signing by the author.
Convened by BiodiverseCity St. Louis, The Academy of Science of St. Louis, and the Missouri Botanical Garden’s Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development.