Department of Mathematics

Lamberson Ecology Lecture

The series is hosted by HSU’s Department of Mathematics and its name and funding from Roland Lamberson, Arcata, professor of mathematics at Humboldt State from 1980 to 2004.  Professor Lamberson has made substantial contributions in the application of mathematics to ecology and natural resources.

Dr. Barry Noon will deliver the Lamberson Ecology Lecture:

"Sharing the Landscape with Dangerous Animals: Tiger conservation in India."

Thursday, March 8, 2018
Native American Forum, 6:30 P.M.

Across all nations and all environments - marine, freshwater, arctic, temperate and tropical, large-bodied animals continue to experience significant declines in distribution and abundance.  Tigers, which number less than 4000 individuals and occupy only seven percent of their historic range, are no exception to this rule.  The largest number of tigers occur in India, a country with over 1.3 billion people and one-third the land area of continental U.S.  How is it that tigers precariously persist in India but large bodied predator populations in the U.S. with far fewer people and much greater land area, continue to be imperiled?  I will discuss research findings of my Indian students studying tigers, their implications for their long-term conservation, and contrast these with efforts to encourage public support to reimtroduce gray wolves to western landscapes in the U.S. 

Dr. Noon has received several academic awards, including the Edward T. LaRoe III Memorial Award from the Society for Conservation Biology (1997), an Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellowship (2004), Colorado State University Distinguished Ecologiest (2008-09) and two Senior Fulbright Fellowships to India from the U.S. State Department (2003-04 and 2010-11).  In collaboration with his students, his current research focuses on tiger conservation in India, the effects of energy development on imperiled species in the United States, climate change effects on wetland birds, and promoting biodiversity conservation on U.S. Department of Defernse lands.

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Past Lamberson Ecology speakers have been:

March 2017 Andy Royle, USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

February 2016 Dan Doak University of Colorado, Boulder

February 2015 Brian Dennis of the University of Idaho

March 2014 - Wayne Getz of the University of California at Berkeley.

February 2013 - Colin W. Clark of the University of British Columbia

December 2011 - Dr. Simon Levin, Princeton University, Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for BioComplexity.

April 2011 - Dr. Alan Hastings, Distinguished Professor of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis

February 2010 - Dr. Marc Mangel, Distinguished Professor of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at University of California-Santa Cruz (UCSC) and a member of the California Academy of Science and the Royal Society of Edinburgh