From Yellowstone to Yukon: Science, policy, and action to protect and connect large landscapes


Raymond Building R3-045, 21111 Lakeshore Road, St Anne de Bellevue, QC, H9X 3V9, CA

The Department of Natural Resource Sciences is pleased to announce the continuation of its invited seminar series in Environmental Biology for the Fall 2019 semester. Our seminars are open to all and may be of interest to the general FAES community. Seminars take place on Thursdays at 11h30 in R3-045 (see dates below and attached schedule). A pizza lunch and informal conversation with the speaker will be open to students immediately following the seminar.

Our first NRS invited seminar for October is Dr. Aerin Jacob from the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative.

Although protected areas are the cornerstone of nature conservation, alone they cannot sustain healthy populations of animals that need huge areas to move – species like grizzly bears, wolves, caribou, and wolverines. The added pressures of climate change and habitat fragmentation make it clear that a shift to “large landscape conservation” is needed. This approach includes protecting core habitat areas, linking them via critical corridors, and considering the social, cultural, and economic factors that enable both people and nature thrive. The Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y) vision is one of the first and best known large landscape, collaborative conservation projects in the world. Stretching more than 3200 km across western North America, Y2Y’s success is based on a combination of rigorous science, natural resource management, and community and policy engagement across multiple jurisdictions and working with more than 450 partner groups. This talk will offer lessons of how researchers, decision-makers, the private and non-profit sectors, and communities, have worked together to achieve conservation at very broad scales.


Dr. Aerin Jacob has studied animal behaviour, forest and coastal ecology, and conservation biology across British Columbia, Alaska, East Africa and Central America. Aerin designs, conducts, and communicates applied research to inform Y2Y and partners across the region. This involves working with natural and social scientists at universities, research institutions, and government agencies, and collaborating with community partners. Aerin is active in science outreach, including public lectures, storytelling, policy engagement, and supporting diversity in science. When she isn't thinking or talking about science, she can be found skiing, paddling, and looking under rocks.


October 10: Aerin Jacob ― Yellowstone to Yukon (Y2Y)
From Yellowstone to Yukon: Science, policy, and action to protect and connect large landscapes

October 24: Carly Ziter ― Concordia University
Thinking beyond the park: landscape structure, land-use history, and biodiversity shape urban ecosystem services

December 12: Jesse Shapiro ― UQAM: Quebec Center for Biodiversity Science
Predicting and understanding toxic cyanobacterial blooms with genomics

All are welcome. Hope to see you there!