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Date & Time

May 8, 2024
7:00 pm


Frisch’s Theater, Harold C Schott Education Building

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  • Park in the Education Parking Lot, Gate 1. 52 Erkenbrecher Ave 
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Barrows Conservation Lectures

Since 1993, the Barrows Conservation Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.  For over 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers.

The Barrows Conservation Lecture Series is made possible by the ongoing support of the family of Winifred & Emil Barrows.


2024 Series Lineup

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Samuel James

March 13
dr lucy cooke

Dr. Lucy Cooke

March 27
headshot of Dr. Chris Myers and Lynne Born Myers

Dr. Chris Myers and Lynne Born Myers

April 3

Dr. Diana Beresford Kroeger

April 17
photo of Dr. Divya Vasudev & Dr. Varun Goswan

Dr. Divya Vasudev & Dr. Varun Goswami

May 8

Lecture Descriptions

See the 2024 Brochure

Sam JamesLucy CookeDr. Chris Myers and Lynne Born MyersDr. Diana Beresford KroegerDr. Divya Vasudev & Dr. Varun Goswami

Art Forms of the Eastern Forest: Documenting Southern Ohio’s Biodiversity

Award-winning photographer Samuel James has spent the past five years documenting the extraordinary diversity of life in the forests of southern Ohio. In this lecture, he presents selections from this ongoing study, including photographic essays about fireflies and other insects, spiders, reptiles, lichens, and the ephemeral ecosystems within vernal pools and on the exposed strata of ancient Silurian coral reefs. Following from the historical works of artist-naturalists such as Ernst Haeckel, Anna Atkins, and Eliot Porter, he presents a kaleidoscopic evocation of place and a portrait of life as it evolves through seasonal change atop the western edge of Ohio’s Allegheny Plateau

Gender, Patriarchy and the Animal Kingdom

“We think of patriarchy as a uniquely human affliction, but is it? We look to the natural world for justifications of our gendered stereotypes; from alpha males to patriarchal society, monogamy to sexual binaries, all are concepts that have been justified with reference to the ‘natural order’. Join best-selling author and National Geographic explorer, Lucy Cooke, as she dismantles these natural misnomers and challenges the assumptions around how we construct sex, gender and society.”

Ignite Ecological & Social Change

Twenty years ago, Project Dragonfly at Miami University began talking with the Cincinnati Zoo about how education could be more deeply rooted in communities and better connected to the world. The basic idea was, rather than waiting for students to graduate to make a difference, couldn’t making a difference be embedded into the practice of education itself. Those early discussions led to the largest graduate degree programs in the nation devoted to ecological and social change, with course sites now in 10 U.S. cities and 16 countries. Join Project Dragonfly co-founders Chris and Lynne as they share stories of inquiry, community, recovery, and hope from around the world.

The Future of Nature

The past holds a secret.  There was more protection for the forests two thousand years ago than there is today.  Forests and trees are foundational species for a living planet.  The Celts held this knowledge in their oral culture as a new alphabet of old wisdoms.  The Global bioplan will abate climatic warming.  So, sharpen your shovels and open up the future for all creatures great and small. Dr. Diana Beresford-Kroeger wishes to share her hope and excitement with you.

Towards Coexistence: Integrating the Coupled Needs of People and Nature

Human well-being is inherently linked to the health of our natural ecosystems; yet challenges remain in integrating it with nature conservation. We explore the contours of this issue in the Northeast India, a biodiversity hotspot with close human–nature ties that is witnessing rapid anthropogenic change. This case study is anchored by our ongoing engagement with the social-ecological nuances of conserving two culturally significant species. For the wide-ranging Asian elephant, we facilitate species connectivity while mitigating safety risks for people and enable human behavioral change for coexistence. In the hills, we pursue a unique partnership for community-based conservation, centered around India’s only wild ape, the western hoolock gibbon. Our multi-pronged program strives for science-based, participatory, and context-specific solutions that secure a coupled future for people and nature.


Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Wildlife Conservation Award

The year 2024 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Wildlife Conservation Award. Each year, the Zoo invites several of the world’s leading conservationists and scientists to participate in this series and presents its annual Wildlife Conservation Award to one of the speakers.

Past recipients:
1993 – Dame Jane Goodall 2006 – David Western 2018 – Amy Dickman
1994 – E. O. Wilson 2007 – Mark Plotkin 2019 – Mike Fay
1995 – Roger Tory Peterson 2008 – Robert Kennedy 2021 – Patricia Wright
1996 – Birute Galdikas 2009 – Iain Douglas-Hamilton 2022 – Rob Portman
1997 – Russ Mittermeier 2010 – Alan Rabinowitz 2023 – Maggie Dwire
1998 – Richard Leakey 2011 – Dr. William Conway 2024 – Dr. Diana Beresford Kroeger
1999 – Ted Turner 2012 – Sharon Matola 2024 – Dr. Chris Myers & Lynne Born Myers
2000 – Laurie Marker & Cathryn Hilker 2013 – John Kamanga
2001 – Peter Raven 2014 – John Ruthven
2002 – Wangari Mathaai 2015 – Tico McNutt
2003 – George Schaller 2016 – Suzana Padua & Claudio Padua
2005 – Cynthia Moss 2017 – Craig Packer