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Wrangling Big Data for Natural Resource Projects

ESA Education’s Water Cooler Chat September 24th, 2021 

The management and conservation of plant biodiversity is becoming increasingly necessary while simultaneously becoming more difficult as the effects of climate change, invasive species, and expanded land use take a toll. Despite these challenges, what are scientists and land managers doing to develop innovative approaches to slow and reverse the loss of plant biodiversity? What strategies have worked, what didn’t, and where do we go from here? Are there certain skill sets required to tackle these large-scale issues and if so, are we preparing our students for addressing such issues?

Grab your favorite beverage and join us for a Water Cooler Chat about the future of plant management and conservation in the face of 21st century challenges. Our panel consists of three graduate students that recently participated in the Scientists in Parks Fellows Program, all of whom worked to tackle unique challenges in the management of plant biodiversity. They look forward to generating a hopeful discussion that sheds light on the diverse work being undertaken to solve this important issue.

Moderator:
Kristen Ewen, Biologist, NPS

Guest Hosts:
Vida Svahnstrom, MSc Student, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Hannah Bonner, PhD Candidate, University of Colorado Boulder
Sienna Wessel, M.S. Student, University of Wyoming