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March 03

EarthLab Welcomes: The Nature Conservancy’s Hugh Possingham

Dr. Hugh Possingham

EarthLab welcomes Dr. Hugh Possingham, The Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist, to the University of Washington on Tuesday, March 3. He’s in town to enhance the partnership between The Nature Conservancy and UW. In a time where environmental problems are growing in number and complexity, EarthLab strives to enable and promote collaborations that deepen understanding of these issues.

In addition to giving a seminar at 12:30 (details below), Dr. Possingham will be available to meet with students after his talk from 1:30-2:15 in Alder Hall auditorium, and then is available for a faculty and staff roundtable from 2:30-3:30 in Alder Hall rm 105.

TNC Seminar: Innovation Science for Conservation and a Sustainable Future


Learn about The Nature Conservancy’s scientific research and how science informs policy and practice around the world. The Nature Conservancy is one of the largest conservation organizations in the world, working in 79 countries and territories to conserve the lands and water on which all life depends.


Dr. Hugh Possingham is The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist. In that role, he leads the work of more than 500 scientists engaged in conservation around the world. A Foreign Associate of the US National Academy of Science, Dr. Possingham’s groundbreaking research comprises more than 600 peer-reviewed papers including over 30 in Science, Nature, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

His team’s Marxan software initially assisted Australia’s rezoning of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park and is now used in more than 150 countries to support the design of marine and terrestrial reserves. He led a group of more than 400 ecologists and wildlife scientists in petitioning the Australian government to stop the destruction of native woodlands, especially in Queensland. Known as the Brigalow declaration, their efforts more than halved deforestation in Australia, reducing that nation’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent for several years.

As a member of many advisory committees and boards, Dr. Possingham has been a leading voice in providing independent advice to the Australian government and the public about environmental issues. He has also birded in some of the world’s most amazing places. So, you bird enthusiasts out there should seek him out during a break to exchange notes.


Where: Alder Hall | 1315 NE Campus Pkwy, Seattle, WA 98105

When: Tuesday, March 3, 2020

–Lecture: 12:30 – 1:20 p.m., Alder Auditorium

This event is open to all UW faculty, staff, and students.

–UW student meet & greet: 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., Alder Auditorium

Students: Stay after the lecture for a meet & greet with Dr. Possingham!

–UW faculty, staff & leaders roundtable: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Alder rm 105

Faculty and staff are welcome to join Dr. Possingham for an informal roundtable in Alder Hall rm 105.

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