CCI Seminar Series

The Conservation Innovation (CCI) at Defenders of Wildlife is excited to announce that we are establishing a regular seminar series to highlight researchers and practitioners who work on cutting-edge developments in conservation science, technology, and policy.  Partners in academia, the private and non-profit sectors, and government at all levels are not only possible speakers, they are invited to be part of the audience – we are reaching out as far and as wide as possible.

Light refreshments will be provided, and sack lunches are welcome. Seminars are free and open to the public, and we encourage all interested parties to attend. To RSVP for our January seminar, please click this link

We hope you can join us!


Our 2018-2019 schedule is listed below. All seminars are held from 12:00pm – 1:00pm at the Defenders of Wildlife headquarters building at 1130 17th St. NW in Washington, DC, unless otherwise noted.

October 19th, 2018

Dr. Matthias Leu and Dr. Aaron Haines, College of William & Mary and Millersville University of Pennsylvania

Endangered Species Act:  Quantifying Threats to Improve Species Recovery

Summary: Understanding the temporal variation of threats that cause species endangerment is key to development of conservation strategies to improve species recovery. We assessed temporal variation of threats identified by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service in their listing decisions to justify species protection under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA). We identified six overarching threat categories and evaluated how the number of these threats and the probability of including a given threat in a listing decision changed between 1975 and 2018. We then compared threat analysis between recovered species and species still protected under the ESA. We discuss our findings in relation to policies and management strategies and provide recommendations for species recovery efforts.

January 23rd, 2019

Alana Quinn, National Academy of Sciences

Alana Quinn, National Academy of Sciences

SciArt for Environmental Conservation at the National Academy of Sciences

Can art promote environmental conservation? Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS) explores intersections of science and art (sciart) through exhibitions and public programs, including the popular D.C. Art Science Evening Rendezvous (DASER) discussion forum series. CPNAS staff member Alana Quinn highlights sciart for environmental conservation that has been presented at DASER, including the community-based work of Eve Mosher in New York City, Brandon Ballengée in the Gulf of Mexico, and Changwoo Ahn at George Mason University. Quinn will also speak about CPNAS’ art exhibitions that explore environmental issues including Diane Burko’s current exhibition looking at the effects of climate change on glaciers and reefs and Steve Miller’s recent exhibition on the impact of deforestation in the Amazon.

March 2019

To be announced.


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