AUNE Faculty and Students Head to Brazil for International Conference

Beth Kaplin, core faculty in AUNE’s Department of Environmental Studies (ES), will attend the annual conference of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC), held in Bonito, Brazil, June 18-23. The theme of the meeting is Ecology, Evolution and Sustainable Use of Tropical Biodiversity.

Kaplin, a member of the ATBC’s council, has organized a symposium, Capacity Building and Empowerment in Tropical Ecology and Conservation: How Can we Make Tropical Conservation Research and Practice More Effective, with a colleague from the American Museum of Natural History in New York, New York. Kayla Cranston, a PhD student in AUNE’s ES department, a co-organizer of the symposium with Kaplin, will present her work in the symposium. The mission of the ATBC is to promote research, education, and communication for tropical biology and conservation.

As a member of the ATBC’s Women in Science Committee, Kaplin will also co-host a women’s mentoring workshop, with Seline Meijer of the International Center for Research in Agroforestry, and University College, Dublin. The workshop will facilitate connections between junior and senior female scientists in the field of tropical biology and conservation through a speed-mentoring session.

Along with Kaplin and Cranston, ES PhD student Jessica Parker is presenting her work in Indonesia at the symposium. So is Erasme Uwizeye of Rwanda, project assistant for the Regional Network for Conservation Educators in Africa’s Albertine Rift, who will present on the work that Kaplin and others are doing to develop the network.

Read more about that work here and here.