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Tuesday, September 27 • 9:00am - 11:00am
(REF 27201) Knowing and protecting life on earth starts with Natural History and Science Innovation

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The session is titled, “Knowing and protecting life on earth starts with Natural History and science innovation.” Natural History encompasses the summed human observations of the natural world both traditional understanding and modern innovation. As the UNGA negotiates the policies and processes to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, this session will highlight how Natural History can be leveraged to help make the global trajectory more sustainable.

The beginning of all science is the observation of the natural world. Natural History is shared across all cultures and societies through food and agriculture, health and safety, art and appreciation of beauty. The new and old tools, perspectives, and technologies of naturalists and observers offer opportunities to explore and protect biodiversity across continents and waters while recognizing the universal power of wonder, curiosity, and appreciation to celebrate our shared connection to the world around us.

What tools does Natural History offer the world as it reaches toward sustainability goals? How are technologies, when paired with observational practices, giving rise to altogether new approaches? In this session, we have gathered expert panelists from multiple perspectives to examine the power of Natural History. They will share innovations originating from new and old ways of knowing the natural world that add layers of data to the understanding and restoration of life on earth.

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Sea McKeon

Marine Program Director, American Bird Conservancy
Dr. Seabird McKeon is a biodiversity scientist and natural historian focused on the conservation of marine ecosystems, and the benefits of marine bird restoration to island and coastal habitats. Now leading the Marine Program of American Bird Conservancy, he has participated in expeditions... Read More →

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Dr. Nalini M. Nadkarni

Professor, University of Utah
Dr. Nalini Nadkarni is a Professor of Biology at the University of Utah, where she studies the ecology of plants and animals in rainforest canopies, supported by the National Science Foundation and the National Geographic Society. Nadkarni also shares her knowledge through collaborations... Read More →
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Dr. Ursula Valdez

Faculty, University of Washington Bothell
I am a tropical avian ecologist interested in species interactions and community ecology. I teach Ecology, Natural History, field ecology and conservation and sustainability at the University of Washington Bothell, but I also spent time in the Peruvian Amazon collecting data about... Read More →
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Darren Naish

Zoologist, Darren Naish Freelance Author
Darren Naish is an author, science communicator and vertebrate palaeontologist based in Southampton, UK. His technical work mostly involves predatory dinosaurs, pterosaurs and marine reptiles but he writes widely on matters relating to the diversity, evolutionary history and conservation... Read More →
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Dr. Tom Fleischner

Senior Advisor & Director Emeritus, Natural History Institute
Tom Fleischner, a naturalist and conservation biologist, was the founding Executive Director of the Natural History Institute, an independent non-profit organization based in Prescott, Arizona, whose mission is to provide leadership and resources for a revitalized practice of natural... Read More →
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Dr. Ni Kadek Dita Cahyani

Lecturer, Diponegoro University
Ni Kadek Dita Cahyani, PhD is a lecturer at the Biology Department, Faculty of Science and Mathematics, Diponegoro University, Indonesia. She is a scientist working with molecular tools to answer questions about biodiversity, especially marine biodiversity in Indonesia. She has also... Read More →

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Michele Weber

Co-Chair, Science Summit
Michele is an evolutionary biologist with an enthusiasm for modernizing how we do scholarship and spreading appreciation for the beauty of nature. She has twenty years of experience in scientific research, philanthropy and nonprofits. Michele has conducted research on coral reefs... Read More →

Tuesday September 27, 2022 9:00am - 11:00am EDT