Killing Cats to Save Finches: Perspectives on Invasive Species and Conservation Ethics

Houston Hall 


killing cats

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

12:00: Introduction

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

2:00: BREAK

2:45: Keynote: Arturo Izurieta: Facing and fighting constant invasions in a fragile place: the Galapagos Islands

4:00pm: Reception


Register for Day 1


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

12:45: LUNCH

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

4:00: BREAK

4:15pm – 05:15pm: DISCUSSION & WRAP UP


Register for Day 2