On Thursday, April 6, 12:15 p.m., the Draper Natural History Museum’s popular, free Lunchtime Expedition lecture series opens with a talk by Andrew Hansen, PhD. A professor in the Ecology Department of Montana State University-Bozeman, Hansen presents A Framework for Sustaining Yellowstone and America’s Other Wildlands.
With wildlands—large tracts of intact nature—being lost globally despite international efforts to protect them, Hansen’s presentation suggests that what he and colleagues call “greater wildland ecosystems” (GWEs) can better be sustained in the United States by incorporating them into national biodiversity policy and applying conservation planning approaches that include public and private collaboration.
Hansen says, “Large tracts of intact nature are vital for supporting native species and ecosystem services.” To illustrate the need for as well as the challenges of implementing such a framework, he uses the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as a case study. Doing so reveals that even one of the world’s best known ecosystems is undergoing a significant loss of ecological integrity. “However,” notes Hansen, “the resources currently exist to achieve much better results.” He recommends regional and national forums that promote implementation of the GWE conservation framework.
In addition to his professorship, Hansen is also Director of the Landscape Biodiversity Lab at Montana State. He teaches macroecology to undergraduates and landscape ecology to graduate students. His research focuses on interactions among biodiversity, climate change, and land use, with an emphasis on large landscape management and protected areas. Hansen received his PhD in ecology at the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While on the faculty of Oregon State University, he studied ecological approaches to forestry.
Hansen is on the science leadership teams for the North Central Climate Science Center and the Montana Institute of Ecosystems. He is co-editor of the recent book, Climate Change in Wildlands: Pioneering Approaches to Science and Management.
To find out more about this talk and other natural science programs at the Center of the West, contact Draper Museum Curatorial Assistant Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or 307-578-4020. For the Center’s full calendar of events, visit centerofthewest.org/calendar.
On May 4, the Draper Museum and the Park County Historic Preservation Commission co-host Recent Advances at High Elevation, a free symposium presented in conjunction with the Wyoming Archaeological Society’s spring meeting. Find out more at www.wyomingarchaeology.org/2016-was-spring-meeting.html.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.
Contact: E-mail Dr. Charles R. Preston or call 307-578-4078.