Global Biodiversity Summit

Colorado State University is a leading global institution in biodiversity conservation research, with researchers around the world working to protect our native flora, fauna, and ecosystems. To celebrate this accomplishment and to raise awareness to the public, the Global Biodiversity Center was created with the mission to: "...work to advance understanding, conservation, and appreciation of life’s variation, ranging from genetics and organisms to ecosystems and their interactions. It is important to maintain resilient ecosystems supporting a diversity of plants and animals, which enhances societal health and wellbeing, and strengthens human links to wild nature. We will work to maintain and enhance biodiversity through research, policy advancement, education, and outreach." The 2017 Global Biodiversity Summit was the Global Biodiversity Center's official announcement to the public about our efforts and the efforts of hundreds of CSU-based researchers dedicated to maintaining a healthy world ecosystem. A big thank you to those of you who joined us for this two day event and took part in discussions about how a biodiverse world directly impacts us and how we can make an impact on improving the biodiversity around us!

See below for videos of the events!

Day 1: Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Welcome Keynote Welcome: Tony Frank, Colorado State University President and Chancellor
Keynote introduction: Chris Funk, Global Biodiversity Center Director and Department of Biology
Keynote speaker: M. Sanjayan, Conservation International

Day 2: Thursday, October 12, 2017

Panel 1: Preserving Biodiversity: Perspectives from Economics, Health, Food, Water, and Energy Welcome: Rick Miranda, CSU Provost and Executive Vice President
Introduction: Chris Funk
Panelists:
Economics: Ed Barbier, Department of Economics, CSU
Health: Colleen Duncan, Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, CSU
Water: Johanna Kraus, United State Geological Survey
Economics: Tom Dean, College of Business, CSU

Panel 2: Fostering a Biodiverse Future: Transforming Awareness into Action Introduction/moderator: Joel Berger, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation
Panelists:
Josh Tewksbury, Future Earth, CSU/CU-Boulder
George Wittemyer, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology, CSU
Sarah Reed, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology & Wildlife Conservation Society, CSU
Elaine Leslie, Chief of the NPS Biological Resource Management Division, Ft. Collins, CO

Closing Keynote Keynote introduction: Chris Funk
Closing Keynote speaker: Wendy Palen, Simon Fraser University