Talk On Importance Of Nature Reserves At Conn

Oct 16, 2007 10:55 AM - Published in The Day Newspaper 10/16/2007

Talk On Importance Of Nature Reserves At Conn

Robert Askins, the Karla Heurich Harrison '28 Director of the Goodwin-Niering Center for Conservation Biology and Environmental Studies at Connecticut College, will give a lecture about the importance of large nature reserves at 8 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Ernst Common Room in the college's Blaustein Humanities Center.  Askins' lecture, “Conservation Across Landscapes: The Importance of Large Nature Reserves,” is free and open to the public.  It will be the first in the 2007-08 endowed chair lecture series at the college, sponsored by the Office of the President and the Dean of the Faculty.

Askins, who specializes in ornithology, animal behavior, ecology and environmental studies, is nationally recognized for his research of the ecology of migratory birds and the impact of forest fragmentation on their populations. His talk will explore some general patterns that have emerged in his research with particular emphasis on how habitat fragmentation affects the abundance and diversity of birds. His studies of habitats as different as Japanese deciduous forests and New England salt marshes have led to remarkably similar conclusions about conservation of natural diversity.

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