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: " 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 is 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. Come join us for this two day event to take part in discussions about how a biodiverse world directly impacts you and how you can make an impact on improving the biodiversity around you!

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
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
Energy: TBD

10:30-11AM – Coffee Break for all
Lory Student Center Room 386

11AM-12:30PM – Panel 2: Fostering a Biodiverse Future: Transforming Awareness into Action
Lory Student Center North Ballroom

Introduction/moderator: Joel Berger, Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology; Barbara Cox Anthony University Chair in Wildlife Conservation
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

12:30-1:30PM – Lunch (invite only)

3:00-4:30PM – Closing Keynote
Lory Student Center University Theatre

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

7-9:30PM – Film:Yasuní Man
Film Trailer:
Lory Student Center University Theater

Introduction to filmmaker: Chris Funk
Introduction to film: Ryan Killackey, filmmaker
Film: 90 minutes
Panel discussion moderator: Ryan Killackey
Esteban Suarez, Universidad San Francisco de Quito, Ecuador
Maria Fernandez-Gimenez, Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, CSU
Wendy Townsend, University of Florida