Panel to discuss integration of conservation science and community

Three leaders in regional conservation will discuss the future of integrating science and community values at a public lecture, Perspectives on Conservation Science and Community Values, at 4 p.m. March 12 in the NAU Cline Library Assembly Hall. A reception will follow.

Photographer Michael Collier, Hopi leader and teacher Vernon Maseyesva, and psychologist and river conservationist Alan Hamilton will share their insights about blending conservation science with the aesthetic, spiritual and emotional aspects of the natural environment.

Eli Bernstein, a graduate assistant in environmental sciences, said the event is a way to define the region’s environmental problems and the attempts to solve them collaboratively—between scientists, artists, activists, spiritual leaders and others.

“We hope this sparks an engaging dialogue both within the NAU science community and between NAU and the greater, diverse Colorado Plateau community about how to better integrate science in the spirit of conservation with the needs and values of those outside of academia,” he said. “Problem solving should not stop at the boundary between academia and its affiliated scientific agencies, but flow back and forth between the greater community.”

For information, call (928) 523-0068.