In this episode, we talk about Chris’ vast experience working in conservation, but also about two recent papers he authored (links in resources section) on how conservation is perceived in academia. It’s really changed a lot within the past few decades.
As scientists must go through degree programs, how does this new relationship between research and conservation affect conservation as a whole?
Even if you are not an academic, you will enjoy this far-ranging conversation. You’ll learn what conservation really looks like in practice and how frequently it has little to the science of the animals we’re studying.
Specifically, we talked about:
- Why conservation isn’t being favored by academia
- How conservation differs from scientific research
- The consequences of academia moving away from conservation
- What is advocacy and activism
- Why scientists tend to veer away from these words to describe themselves
- Why scientists should not be afraid of advocacy and activism (and many are already practicing it)
Resources and Sources Mentioned in Conversations About Conservation in Academia with Chris Parsons
Cool research by Chris on how animal names can impact their conservation:
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.