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  • November 2020
    Anticipating and Understanding Impacts on Nature

    In our latest episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with an old friend—Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival Commission. Listen as they discuss how red listing helps us understand the impacts of our actions on biodiversity, the relationship between the environment and human health in the context of the pandemic, and the power of optimism in the conservation field.

  • October 2020
    Mapping Biodiversity

    In this episode, Sean speaks with Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri, about our landmark collaboration on the Map of Biodiversity Importance and the important role of open data for scientific advancement. Tune in to learn about Dr. Wright’s professional journey from deep sea exploration to her leading role on the forefront of GIS innovation, and how biodiversity conservation falls into Esri’s vision for the future.

  • September 2020
    Uncovering the truth about plant extinction in North America

    In this new episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Wes Knapp, a mountains botanists and ecologist with the NC Natural Heritage Program, and Anne Frances, NatureServe's Chief Botanist, about a new report that finds plants are going extinct faster than we realized. Listen as they share the challenges of assessing the extinction status of rare plants across jurisdictional lines, and how collaboration and small-scale conservation can prevent more extinctions in the future.

  • August 2020
    The Intersection of Technology and Conservation

    During this second episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean talks to Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer. Together, they discuss the intersection of technology and modern conservation practices. Listen as they reveal the unique career paths that lead them to where they are today, how artificial intelligence will play a role in protecting species and ecosystems, and what the future holds for those interested in the convergence of data, science, and biodiversity conservation.

  • July 2020
    "the Godfather of Biodiversity"

    In the first episode of Conservation Conversations with Sean O'Brien, Sean speaks with Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation who is often called “the Godfather of Biodiversity” for introducing the term biological diversity to the scientific community in the year 1980. From the amazing biodiversity of the Amazon, to the connection between the environment and social movements, Sean and Tom cover a wide variety of topics in this first interview.