Conservationist discusses ecology of hope Nov. 4
Conservation educator Dr. Gary Machlis will speak on "The Ecology of Hope and Devastation" Thursday, Nov. 4, at 8 p.m. in the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center's Helen Powers Hall on campus. Admission is free.
The talk is part of the University Forum Distinguished Lecture Series' yearlong focus on environmental preservation, sustainability and the fate of humanity.
Machlis is the science advisor to the director of the National Park Service and the first scientist appointed to this position. He also is a professor of conservation at the University of Idaho.
Machlis was instrumental in developing the nation's Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network, which includes 13 federal agencies and more than 200 universities. He was awarded the Department of the Interior's 2000 Conservation Service Award, one of the highest awards the department granted to private citizens.
He is the author of "The State of the World's Parks," the first systematic study of threats to protected areas around the world. More information about Machlis is online at http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~gmachlis/.
The lecture series is sponsored by Goodnight Brothers and the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. Additional sponsors are Appalachian's College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Chancellor, University College, Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series, Joan Askew Vail Distinguished Lectureship Endowment, Morgan Lecture in the Sciences and Morgan Lecture Committee, and University Forum Committee.