Dr. Kaplin and AUNE ES Doctoral Students Present at the International Congress for Conservation Biology in Montpellier, France

Dr. Beth Kaplin, core faculty in the Department of Environmental Studies (ES) at Antioch University New England (AUNE), and two ES doctoral students, Kayla Cranston and Marcy Sieggreen,  each presented research during the 27th International Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB) which took place from August 2 to 6, 2015 in Montpellier, France. More than 3,000 attended the meeting.

The Society for Conservation Biology (SCB) hosted this year’s meeting with the European Congress for Conservation Biology (ICCB-ECCB). ICCB serves as a forum for addressing conservation challenges and for presenting new research and developments in conservation science and practice.

In keeping with the conference theme, “Mission Biodiversity: Choosing New Paths for Conservation,” Kaplin presented her research on matrix and land use type and protected areas conservation, highlighting the role of buffer zones in chimpanzee conservation.

“This conference represents the prime professional conference in our field of conservation science, and it was a great opportunity to meet and network with other scientists and conservation practitioners from all over the world,” said Dr. Kaplin. “I am really proud of the presentations our students made.”

Cranston discussed her dissertation research in a talk which centered on conservation psychology in action, both fostering and evaluating durable motivation in capacity building programs.

Marcy Sieggreen presented a poster about her dissertation research on population trends of three amphibians from the Rio Napo River in Peru and how they compared with climate change vulnerability assessments.

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