Killing Cats to Save Finches: Perspectives on Invasive Species and Conservation Ethics
This two-day workshop brings together perspectives from the Galápagos, New Zealand and North America to examine ethical issues in conservation in the context of underlying conceptual issues. For example, what counts as ’native’, ‘invasive’, or ‘pest’ species, and are conservation policies and priorities based on various interpretations of these terms justified? Many philosophical debates about trade-offs between prioritizing sentient animals versus ecosystems abstract away from particular conservation settings; how do we understand the implications of those debates across diverse contexts and countries dealing with invasive species in a changing world?
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 2019 Golkin Room
12:15: Emily Parke: Is Predator Free New Zealand really about a predator-free New Zealand? Invasion biology, terminology and controversy
1:15: James Maclaurin and Elisabeth Ellis: Conservation Moonshots
2:45: Keynote: Arturo Izurieta: Facing and fighting constant invasions in a fragile place: the Galapagos Islands
SATURDAY, MARCH 16, 2019 Ben Franklin Room
9:00am - 9:30am: Breakfast
9:30: Robert Jones: Animal Liberation was Never a Triangular Affair
10:30: Eileen Crist: Invasion Biology and its Discontents
11:30am - 11:45pm: break
11:45: Carlos Santana: When the fire marshal fines you for growing indigenous plants: a consideration of the place of "native species" and "invasive species" in urban ecology
2:00: Liv Baker: Invasion biology: is it just revisionist ecological history?
3:00: Ernesto Vaca, Karen Kovaka, and Michael Weisberg: It’s not about sea lions, it’s about people
4:15pm – 05:15pm: DISCUSSION & WRAP UP