Students of the School of Environment & Geomatics will share all they’ve learned through months of applied research in front of their peers. The experience takes them into the real-world realm of presenting scientific findings through a conference format and brings the school together in a celebration of learning.
Students from the Recreation Fish and Wildlife, Forestry, Integrated Environmental Planning and Geographic Information Systems programs are on the Selkirk College Castlegar Campus for a day-long student conference held Wednesday, April 11, 2018.
The day starts with coffee and registration at 8 a.m. Then, presenters will fill classrooms and lecture theatres around the college in the 16th year of the student conference.
While this event is for SEG students only, all college staff and students are invited to attend the lecture by keynote speaker, Dr. Jodi Hilty, "The Power of Vision: Yellowstone to Yukon" in the Gym from 12:30 pm - 1:50 pm.
Dr. Jodi Hilty is an internationally recognized wildlife corridor ecologist and conservationist, with over 20 years of experience managing large-scale conservation programs.
Prior to joining to Y2Y, Dr. Hilty served as Executive Director of the North America Program for the Wildlife Conservation Society, based in Bozeman, Montana, where she led the work of more than 50 staff working remotely across the continent. Through proven leadership, and her ability to work collaboratively with other organizations, she was able to address a range of conservation challenges related to natural resource extraction, ecosystem connectivity and climate change.
Dr. Hilty has overseen several ground-breaking initiatives, including developing the scientific basis for expanding Canada’s Nahanni National Park, guiding policy toward protecting the “Path of the Pronghorn,” the first U.S. federally-designated wildlife corridor, and conducting the science that proves the need for expanded land protections in the trans-border Crown of the Continent area linking Montana with Alberta and British Columbia.
A prolific researcher and writer on topics related to large landscape conservation, connectivity and climate change, Dr. Hilty has been co-editor or lead author on three recent books, most recently Climate and Conservation: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning, and Action (2012).
Through all of her conservation work, Dr. Hilty has remained committed to protecting large, interconnected landscapes, and has offered that visionary leadership on several boards, committees and government agencies. She currently serves on the Board of the Smith Fellowship and as Deputy Chair of the IUCN Connectivity Committee.
Dr. Jodi Hilty is also presenting the evening of April 11, 2018 in Nelson. Find out more.
View the full conference agenda here.