Launched more than a decade ago and hosted every spring, the Sustaining Our World Lecture explores complex issues of natural resource conservation and management in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Topics have ranged from large carnivore conservation to the human-nature connection, wildfire management, building tall with wood and more. Past speakers have included our own faculty, as well as many other academic fields and disciplines, including architects, environmental writers, elected officials and other prominent experts.
Previous Sustaining Our World Lectures
In 2017, “The Future of Conservation: Lessons from the Past and the Need for Rewilding of Ecosystems,” was presented by Professor Emeritus Anthony Sinclair from the University of British Columbia.
Sinclair was one of the most influential ecologists in the world. His research has included long-term studies of the Serengeti—nearly 50 years of data, and counting—to projects in Africa, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. He has explored everything from the regulation of mammal populations to the causes of migration and its consequences on ecosystem processes. His Sustaining Our World Lecture addressed the vital importance of rewilding ecosystems to preserve biodiversity and the stability of natural systems around the globe.