2014 Symposium Speakers

Keynote Speaker - Joe Roman

Joe Roman

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist and researcher at the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics at the University of Vermont and a Hrdy Visiting Fellow at Harvard University. His research, focusing on endangered species conservation and marine ecology, has appeared in Science, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, and many other journals. Joe is the author of Whale and Listed: Dispatches from America's Endangered Species Act, winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award in 2012. He has written for Audubon, New Scientist, The New York Times, Slate, and other publications.

Joe is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil to research invertebrate conservation and a McCurdy Fellowship at the Duke University Marine Lab to examine the ecological role of whales in the oceans. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2003 in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and his master's degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida. Born and raised in New York, Joe considers King Kong as an early conservation influence.

Andrew Revkin
Photo courtesy of Daniel Revkin

Andrew Revkin 
Andrew Revkin has been writing about environmental sustainability for more than three decades, from the Amazon to the White House to the North Pole, mainly for The New York Times. He has won the top awards in science journalism multiple times, along with a Guggenheim Fellowship.

As the Senior Fellow for Environmental Understanding at Pace University, he teaches courses in blogging, environmental communication and documentary film. He has written acclaimed books on global warming, the changing Arctic and the assault on the Amazon rain forest, as well as three book chapters on science communication. Drawing on his experience with his Times blog, Dot Earth, which Time Magazine named one of the top 25 blogs in 2013, Revkin speaks to audiences around the world about the power of the Web to foster progress.  

Kierán Suckling 

Kierán Suckling 
Kierán Suckling is a founder and the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity. He has led the Center from its beginnings in 1989 as a local New Mexico environmental group, to its current position as a national legal powerhouse battling to protect endangered species, wild places, and a safe, stable climate.

With undergraduate and graduate degrees in philosophy, Mr. Suckling has published numerous essays on the link between the loss of biological and cultural diversity and the essential relationship between environmentalism, the arts, the rights of marginalized communities, conservation of species and the Endangered Species Act. He has infused the traditionally staid legal arena with remarkable creative energy, leading the New Yorker to dub the Center "the most important radical environmental group in the country" and Suckling a "trickster, philosopher, publicity hound, master strategist, and unapologetic pain in the ass." The LA Weekly calls the Center "pound for pound, dollar for dollar, the most effective conservation organization in the country," and says of Suckling: "Rimbaud reinvented poetry. Kierán Suckling would do the same with environmentalism." In 2011, Men's Journal called him "the radical conscience of the environmental movement."    

Additional speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

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