Joint Plenary: Communicating Conservation to Diverse Audiences

ROOM: RSCC, Hall 5
How do we communicate conservation messages to an increasingly diverse society with a concomitant diversity of views on natural resource management? How do we find messages that resonate? This challenge goes beyond specific topics, such as sustainable use. In recognition of the diversification of society, and its attitudes about wildlife and fisheries conservation, and the increased diversity of our own professions, this plenary will focus on communicating conservation messages to diverse audiences.


J. Drew Lanham — What is Wild? A Treatise on Socially Significant Spelling and a Poetic Journey into the Depths of Why Conservation Matters More As Mission than Career
Professor, Clemson University Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation
J. Drew Lanham, PhD, CWB is an Alumni Distinguished Professor, Master Teacher and Provost’s Professor who teaches and conducts inquiry in the Clemson University Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation. As a Conservation & Cultural Ornithologist he works at the intersections of natural resources stewardship and the humanities. He is the Poet Laureate of Edgefield, South Carolina and the author of the award winning book, “The Home Place – Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature” (Milkweed Editions 2016; Tantor Audio Books 2019).

Scott A. Bonar — Make a Difference. Communication Techniques No Biologist Should Be Without
USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit (AFS President Elect)
Scott A. Bonar is a professor at the University of Arizona and is leader of the U.S. Geological Survey’s Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. His book on communication, The Conservation Professional’s Guide to Working with People was a called “a must read” by the journal Ecology; “brimming with insights from hands-on experience” by Paul R. Ehrlich, Stanford University Professor and Author of The Population Bomb; and “a guidepost (which) should be a part of college curricula in every natural resources program” by Mamie Parker, former assistant director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Bonar has conducted award winning research in natural resources programs of state and federal governments, universities and private industry for over 30 years, authoring over 130 publications. He presents communication workshops around the U.S. and teaches a natural resources communication class at the University of Arizona. He is currently President-Elect of the American Fisheries Society.

Serra Hoagland — Breaking down our silos for all our relations
USDA Forest Service Liaison Officer (Biologist)
Serra currently serves as the USDA Forest Service Liaison Officer (Biologist) for the Rocky Mountain Research Station to Salish Kootenai College in Montana. Active in TWS since 2010, Serra is the outgoing chair of the Native Peoples Working Group and coordinated the Native Student Professional Development program for 5 years. She completed her PhD in 2016 at Northern Arizona University in forestry.
Organizers: J. Lanham, Scott A. Bonar, Serra Hoagland

Location: Reno-Sparks CC Date: October 3, 2019 Time: 10:10 am - 11:50 am