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Is there hope for conservation? | James Borrell | TEDxQMUL


Is there hope for conservation? | James Borrell | TEDxQMUL

James Borrell is a conservation biologist with a passion for challenging research expeditions. He founded the social enterprise Discover Conservation and is a member of the Inspired50.

James’ research has taken him from the Peruvian Amazon to the High Arctic studying everything from critically endangered big cats, to tiny dragonflies and even dwarf trees. Even having visited remote parts of the tropics, James describes the hardest working environment as a bleak hillside in the Scottish Highlands with ‘typical’ Scottish weather. James’ particular interest is the genetics of endangered species and exploring how we can engage young people with conservation through citizen science and fieldwork.

Despite all the bad news we are bombarded with daily about the state of our natural world, James is stubbornly optimistic and is convinced we are beginning to turn the corner. It is this message of optimism that James will aim to share in his talk.

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James founded the social enterprise Discover Conservation and is a member of the Inspired50. James’ research has taken him from the Peruvian Amazon to the High Arctic studying everything from critically endangered big cats, to tiny dragonflies and even dwarf trees. James is convinced we are beginning to turn the corner. It is this message of optimism that James will aim to share in his talk.

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Conservation and Restoration Ecology: Crash Course Ecology #12

Hank wraps up the Crash Course on ecology by taking a look at the growing fields of conservation biology and restoration ecology, which use all the kung fu moves we've learned about in the past eleven weeks and apply them to protecting ecosystems and to cleaning up the messes that we've already made.

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Table of Contents
1) Types of Diversity 3:00
2) Conservation Biology 4:12
A) Small Population Conservation 4:26
B) Declining Population Conservation 5:50
3) Restoration Ecology 7:06
A) Structural Restoration 7:30
B) Bioremediation 7:48
C) Biological Augmentation 8:03

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Why Community Conservation Matters | Mary Hollow | TEDxHelena

Why does community conservation matter? What are the benefits of conservation to a community?

As a fifth-generation Montanan and outdoor enthusiast, Mary has long been connected to the lands and waters of Big Sky Country. She holds University of Montana degrees in Business Finance and Economics. She began her career in the U.S. Senate and later for a housing organization in Washington, DC. She eventually returned to Montana, working again for Senator Baucus then briefly ran a fishing lodge in the Blackfoot Valley. Feeling the urge to promote conservation, Mary went to work for The Nature Conservancy during their acquisitions of Plum Creek Timber land in western Montana. For nearly ten years she managed to land deals and served as the Government Affairs Director for TNC in Montana. The move to Prickly Pear, a regional land trust, has been wonderful and fitting as she sees an exciting future for PPLT’s work and for the incredible potential of her hometown and surrounding area.

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Modern Wildlife Conservation in a Turbulent World | Wesley Larson | TEDxVienna

As we lose wild species at an unprecedented rate, we must take action to preserve our critically important wildlife. My career as a wildlife biologist has led me everywhere from the high arctic of Alaska to the deserts of Africa, and I have seen firsthand many of the threats facing wildlife. There are many challenges to wildlife conservation, but the incredible efforts of biologists to conserve threatened species can give us hope. As a wildlife biologist, his focus has been on bear species and he has primarily worked with polar and black bears for the past 8 years. During that time Wes also has been able to assist on a number of other wildlife conservation efforts for species such as African wild dogs, American alligators, golden eagles, spotted eagle rays, northern elephant seals, American kestrels, etc. His work has taken him everywhere from the Arctic to Africa, and he believes that wildlife conservation is not only essential for the preservation of the world's animals, but also for the continuation of the human spirit. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Conservation Optimism Summit

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Wildlife conservation and the art of letting go | Geraldine Morelli | TEDxWandsworth

Africa stole her heart and its wildlife changed her life. Through volunteering in a wildlife rehabilitation centre in South Africa, Geraldine learned how we should treat and respect wild animals, precisely by accepting that they are wild and should not be domesticated even though they fascinate us. Wild animals are facing tough times and we may feel powerless in the face of their fast decline. She tells us how we can help conservationists and organisations on the ground by not interfering in their lives and especially by learning to let go.

Geraldine was born in a small town in the South of France where she grew up by the beach and always had a passion for animals. Geraldine moved to Paris and graduated as an IT Systems Engineer and went on to work as a programmer and web designer. She is currently the Head of Smartphone Marketing at a London-based international telecoms company.

However, it was during a safari holiday to Kenya in 2005 which re-ignited her yearning to work with animals. This led to a three month career break where she volunteered at a primate rehabilitation centre in South Africa and her passion for primates was born. In 2014, Geraldine formed her own animal charity Wild & Free – which supports the rescue, rehabilitation and reintroduction of primates and other wild animals around the world.

Geraldine is married with two young children, a full time job, and manages the charity. She says, ‘There isn’t a dull moment in my life, and I’m happier than ever’.

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Introduction to Conservation Biology

This video considers how Human activities threaten Earth's biodiversity. All three levels, genetic,species, and ecosystem diversity.

The Survival of the Earth Depends on Frogs: Jean-Marc Hero at TEDxStHildasSchool

Professor Jean-Marc Hero is a vertebrate ecologist with research expertise in conservation biology of amphibians, biodiversity assessment and monitoring, and conservation physiology. He is Deputy Director of Griffith University's Environmental Futures Research Centre and leads a team focusing on causes of global amphibian declines (disease, habitat loss and pollution), amphibian adaptation and response to climate change, and sustainability indicators for terrestrial ecosystems. He is also an active member of the Australian Society of Herpetologists, and Secretary General for the World Congress of Herpetology. Professor Hero presents a lively and personal account of the importance of amphibians to humans. Starting with our affinity with nature as children, we metamorphose, disappear into adulthood, and lose touch with biodiversity until we return to it during our holidays. Professor Hero explains the value of frogs to natural ecosystems and humans. He then describes the current global amphibian declines, what are the primary causes (habitat loss, disease and climate change) and what we need to do about it. He leaves us with a clear warning Save the Frogs and We Save Ourselves.
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Expedition Angano - James Borrell Expedition Leader

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Madagascar possesses unparalleled levels of biological diversity and endemism, however its biological riches are becoming confined in increasingly smaller fragments of suitable habitat. A growing human requirement for fuel-wood and farmland saw Madagascar lose 50% of its forest cover between 1950-2000, and it is speculated that around 90% of original forest cover has been lost. Habitat loss and resulting habitat fragmentation has substantially altered the geography of the landscape by increasing the proportion of ‘edge’ habitat, potentially altering the composition of the species communities that remain within the forest fragments.

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What is conservation?

The palaces are well known for their dramatic and spectacular history. This history has been kept alive through the preservation of the site and its buildings.

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GLOBAL NEWS: Conservation group saves forests and jobs

GLOBAL NEWS: Conservation group saves forests and jobs

A New Type of Conservation: Breaking Free of Two Myths About Nature

Drawing on his extensive personal experience, Peter Kareiva, Chief Scientist of the Nature Conservancy, discusses what's gone wrong with conventional environmentalism and conservation work and how we can revitalize it. Conservation can not just be an affluent, white, upper-middle class American imposition, Kareiva warns. Conservation must adopt a pragmatic strategy that recognizes that the only way to protect the environment is to ensure it simultaneously makes people's lives better in tangible ways. Revitalizing conservation also requires that we break free of two persistent myths: a false romanticization of untrammeled nature, and the myth of nature as delicate and fragile. In reality, humanity has touched ever corner of the earth, and natural systems are far more resilient than we often think. Recognizing those truths opens up new possibilities for a pragmatic modern conservation movement.

Adversaries to Allies: A Contentious History of Conservation

In impoverished Ningxia, shepherds at odds with a lifestyle-altering nature reserve gradually become its allies.
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Conservation 101: What is Art Conservation?

After posting my first reconstruction video, I got lots of questions about what Art Conservation really is! So, I decided to make a video about it. This way, no one's allowed to ask me this question anymore and I can get back to the grad school grind!

As always, for a written description and some links to important conservation websites, go to my website!

Have any questions? Email me!

Stay dirty, my friends!




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Conservation Optimism

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall supports Conservation Optimism

Landscape Conservation

CEPF and ATREE, in their endeavour to protect and conserve the irreplaceable Western Ghats, have granted funds to sustain the causes of many independent projects. This film traces three projects that have each embodied a significant facet of landscape conservation.

Terence Jorge from the EIA Resource the EIA Resource and Response is working to empower local communities in Goa. Balachandra Hegde from Snehakunja trust is helping establish a chain of conservation reserves in Uttara Karnataka. Aparna Watve from Biome Conservation Foundation is promoting information sharing for the conservation of rocky plateaus in the Northern Western Ghats.
They each uphold the same philosophy – ‘Landscape conservation is the root to sustenance human existence’.

The support provided to these grantees is allowing them to mobilize resources, involve more people, assist the government and make a significant difference to biodiversity conservation in the Western Ghats.

How human development & habitat conservation can cohabitate | Cole Agenbroad | TEDxMiamiUniversity

What if we could continue to drive human development without sacrificing an impact to the environment and ecology of the region? Cole Agenbroad explores the ideas and examples of solving this very question. Cole Agenbroad! Cole is a senior, majoring in Sustainability and Individualized Studies here at Miami. In his spare time, Cole enjoys hiking and discovering uncommon teas and chocolates. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Bison Conservation | Jennifer Barfield | TEDxCSU

The conservation of bison in Northern Colorado

Jennifer Barfield is an assistant professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. Originally from North Carolina, Jennifer arrived in Colorado in 2007 armed with a Ph.D in Conservation Biology and a love of animal reproduction. Her interest in bison was sparked by a drive through Wyoming and a meeting with a bison handler from South Dakota. After learning of the plight of Yellowstone bison, she developed a breeding program with her collaborators at the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the USDA to preserve the genetics of these animals using assisted reproduction. Ultimately this led to the establishment of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd. She is the scientific lead for this project and the efforts to bring bison back to the shortgrass prairie of northern Colorado.

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The Problem With Conservation

Everything I thought I understood was wrong.
I went to college to study wildlife conservation, thinking I’d end up working for the national parks or rehabilitating grizzlies or something fun like that. But a trip to Tanzania changed my career path when I saw peoples dispossessed of their land in the name of conservation.
When did conservationists decide that a lion’s or a bear’s rights are more important than a person’s? In order for the conservation movement to thrive and succeed, we must redefine what “conservation” means. Politically, ecologically, and culturally, people do belong in “wilderness.” People co-evolved with habitats and have a right to live in their own natural habitats, wherever that may be. Yet western conservationists still haven’t learned that lesson.
People are, and always will be, part of the equation. People live in ecosystems. People impact ecosystems. People have the power and the knowledge to protect and restore ecosystems. If we leave out the people, we’re doomed to fail.” - Anne Middleton

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