The State of Biodiversity

First Four Thursdays in April 2021, 9-10:30 AM

Conversations and convening around regional biodiversity.

Thinking about the state of our region’s biodiversity can leave a person feeling pretty grim. But with climate change and the environment back on the national agenda, we’re planning this year’s State of Biodiversity Symposium with a renewed optimism. Join us to explore not only the challenges but the stories that make us hopeful around the topics of binational biodiversity, pandemic-era science, and statewide conservation efforts.

The Symposium brings together conservationists, land managers, scientists, and natural history nerds for in-depth conversations about our current ecological condition and what’s to come.

Previously a full-day event held at the Museum, this year’s “deconstructed symposium” will feature morning talks that take place on Zoom across four Thursdays in April. Each session is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 AM and will include discussions and networking opportunities.

Join one or sign up for the full series (registration will open mid-March). Sessions are free, but donations are appreciated and will support the Museum’s research and conservation efforts.

April 1: Keynote address | Earth Optimism

Dr. Nancy Knowlton, coral reef biologist and former Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, believes it is more important than ever to maintain our optimism in the face of huge environmental challenges. In this talk, she will highlight work that makes her hopeful. She’ll also explore the benefits of centering success in conversation about climate change and the environment.

April 8: Binational Biodiversity and the Border

Two countries, one bioregion. The Nat’s research area includes southern California and the Baja California Peninsula. We are fortunate to work alongside scientists and conservationists who are passionate about preserving biodiversity on both sides of the border. Panelists will discuss trans-border contrasts and collaboration. Learn more about the panelists.

April 15: Pandemic-Era Science

The past year has sparked broad interest in infectious disease, with particular attention to those viruses with origins in the animal world. In this panel, researchers will dive into the ways these diseases spread to humans—and how we might better protect against them. Learn more about the panelists.

April 22: A Biodiversity Roadmap for California

The final session in our series of State of Biodiversity webinars will cover a variety of initiatives that are underway to study, conserve, and protect California’s biodiversity. Learn more about the panelists.

Reserve your tickets

Registration will open by March 15, so be sure to check back soon.