Nationally recognized scientist and author David S. Wilcove will speak on Monday, Sept. 16, as part of the 12th biennial Conference of Science and Management on the Colorado Plateau. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Prochnow Auditorium on the campus of Northern Arizona University.

Wilcove is the author of No Way Home: The Decline of the World’s Great Animal Migrations (2008), The Condor’s Shadow: The Loss and Recovery of Wildlife in America (1999), and numerous technical and popular articles in the fields of conservation biology, ornithology and endangered species protection. In 2001, he received the Distinguished Service Award of the Society for Conservation Biology in recognition of his work on behalf of endangered species.

“David Wilcove is a leader in the field of conservation biology, pioneering the use of science-based strategies to protect endangered species,” said Ronald Hiebert, director of Colorado Plateau Ecosystem Studies Unit and the chairman of the conference. “His work highlights how science can be used to address complex management challenges, which what the biennial conference is all about.”

A book signing will follow the presentation.

The biennial conference, being held Sept. 16-18 at NAU, brings together resource managers and research scientists to discuss findings and management needs associated with the natural and cultural resources of the Colorado Plateau. This year, the conference will focus on how climate change, energy development, and human population growth on the Colorado Plateau affect water availability, natural systems, and the social character of the plateau