TCBES Symposium

TCBES Symposium

The 11th Annual Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science Symposium was held on April 15 and 16, 2021 - with the theme of "Kincentric Stewardship". Thank you for taking this opportunity to learn about the groundbreaking research being conducted within the TCBES community.

Keynote Speaker

Christian Giardina - Research Ecologist

Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry, Pacific Southwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service

Title: Engaging history and embracing sacredness: an agency perspective on cultivating biocultural stewardship.

Christian Giardina, keynote speaker for the TCBES Symposium Abstract: Aloha members of the TCBES community. I'll start by sharing that this talk represents personal work very much in progress. And so the following description places a greater emphasis on proposals than conclusions. The past decade has seen important work on the history of conservation biology - work that has challenged the dominant perspectives shaping the foundations of this complex discipline. As a result, we researchers and practitioners find ourselves at an important cross road - do we continue to disregard legacies of racial and colonial injustice? Or do we engage and reconcile these legacies, and in the process fundamentally transform how we view our places and our charge as stewards. In this talk, I hope to summarize conservation biology's history, identify critical disciplinary developments, and share how I have tried to decolonize agency approaches to conservation. I close by proposing a new (old) biocultural model of conservation that I believe if adopted would represent a powerful transformation of our discipline that ultimately will increase the effectiveness of our work and improve the wellbeing of our communities. Mahalo - I look forward to our conversation.

Christian's Bio: Christian studied Zoology and Political Science at Duke University (BS, 1987). Following three years of urban focused work with homeless youth in NYC and Denver, he pursued Justice Studies at the Iliff School of Theology (MAR, 1993) with thesis work on Indigenous Autonomy in eastern Nicaragua. Ever the student, he studied soils, forest management, and global change at Colorado State University (MS, 1996) and University of Denver (PHD, 1999). Following a post-doc at UHM studying forest carbon and climate change, he joined the USDA Forest Service where he has been studying: forest responses to global change; restoration of ecosystem processes; and the reintegration of an ethic of sacredness into resource management. He currently is supporting state efforts to achieve carbon neutrality under global change and community based stewardship.

2021 Symposium Schedule and Full Abstracts

This year's program can be found here Symposium Program and Abstracts!


Awards and Recognition