The conservation we practice today was largely developed in the mid-late 20th Century, and was founded on ideas of environmental and ecological stability that prevailed in the science of the time. In the past few decades, we’ve learned a lot from the geological record about environmental and ecological changes that have taken place in the past 100,000 years. The perspective of history forces reexamination of some of the most widely accepted and closely held assumptions of conservation. Reinvention of conservation based on knowledge of past environmental change will make conservation more effective in a rapidly changing future.
Presenter: Steve Jackson, Adjunct Professor, Department of Geosciences; Director, Department of the Interior, UA Southwest Climate Center