John G. Robinson, Ph.D., executive vice president for conservation and science at the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), will explore the intersection of conservation and science and how the conservation movement is adapting to confront increasingly complex and global issues in the conservation of biodiversity on Thursday, December 11, 2008, at 6 p.m. in Flom Auditorium, Walsh Family Library, Rose Hill campus.
“Fordham University and the Wildlife Conservation Society have taken great strides in strengthening their relationship as Fordham, particularly the Department of Biological Sciences, continues to increase its focus on conservation biology,” said J. Alan Clark, Ph.D., J.D., assistant professor of biological sciences at Fordham. “John Robinson is an international leader in the conservation science community, and we’re delighted to have him speak on our campus.”
The seminar “The Changing Landscape of Conservation,” is sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences at Fordham.
Robinson oversees WCS conservation programs in the Americas, Africa and Asia. He received his doctorate in zoology from the University of North Carolina in 1977, focusing on primate behavior and ecology. His postdoctoral studies were with the Smithsonian Institution. In 1980, Robinson established the University of Florida Program for Studies in Tropical Conservation, a graduate program providing training to students from tropical countries. Robinson joined WCS in 1990 as director for international conservation programs.
In June, Fordham and The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) agreed to expand graduate research opportunities at the University and permit joint staff arrangements, cooperative programs and use of both institutions’ facilities for education and research, with special emphases in plant sciences, conservation biology and ecology. Last year, Fordham University Graduate School of Education and WCS/Bronx Zoo agreed to offer a joint program leading to a Master of Science degree in education and New York state initial teacher certification in adolescent science education. Fordham also recently signed an agreement with Yeshiva University’s Albert Einstein College of Medicine for a collaborative relationship that will strengthen the science and medical offerings at both institutions.