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Landscape Conservation Scenarios and Strategies

Date: 05th Oct. 2017, 10:30 - 12:00
Venue: WSL Birmensdorf, Englersaal
Organizer: Research Unit Landscape Dynamics, Landscape Research Center WSL
Speaker: Prof. Dr. Janet Silbernagel, WSL Research Fellow 2017; Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Language: English
Type of event: Research Seminar
Audience: all interested in the topic

Dr. Silbernagel, a fellow hosted by the Landscape Dynamics Unit, will present her cross-cutting work that integrates landscape ecological theory with geospatial approaches to design and evaluate conservation strategies. In particular, she will highlight her Great Lakes forest scenarios research, linking forest modeling with collaborative scenario approaches to build adaptive capacity among land managers, as well as her current landscape research focused on crane and waterbird conservation in Asia under changing hydrology and land use.

Her work stems from an established career beginning in forest management, applied landscape ecology, and landscape architecture with the US Forest Service, followed by over 20 years of academic teaching and research. In her current faculty appointment at the University of Wisconsin-Madison she directs professional graduate programs for the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies and is engaged in blended and online learning. She is President-elect of the US Chapter of the International Association for Landscape Ecology, and co-editor of the Springer Landscape Series.

During her time at WSL this fall, Silbernagel plans, in part, to package her geospatial instructional materials in an e-book so that the content will be available to broader audiences of learners and instructors. Working with experts at the WSL lab in Birmensdorf during her 2017 sabbatical will help build links and enhance content with knowledge on modeling landscape dynamics in a geospatial environment.

Dr. Silbernagel's speech will last approximately 45 minutes followed by a discussion.