Author of book on wild gorillas speaking at Spring 2011 Fisheries & Wildlife Seminar Series - 2011-03-10
AUTHOR OF ACCLAIMED BOOK ON WILD GORILLAS TO SPEAK AT PAUL SMITH’S COLLEGE
Bill Weber to lead off spring Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar Series
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PAUL SMITHS – The co-author of a landmark book about saving Rwanda’s wild mountain gorillas is leading off the spring Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar Series at Paul Smith’s College.
Weber’s 2002 book with Amy Vedder, “In the Kingdom of Gorillas,” was hailed by one reviewer as one of “the most influential books from the past 40 years of wildlife publishing.” Weber served as director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Africa Program from 1988 through 1996, where he established a mountain gorilla tourism program; he spent the next nine years focusing on issues in North America including energy development, sprawl and climate change before returning to Rwanda.
Other speakers at this spring’s series, which Weber will kick off on Thursday, March 24, include Brian R. Laniewicz, a research scientist and wildlife biologist with the New York State Department of Health; and John Mills, the president of Paul Smith’s College and a biologist.
The talks, which are free and open to the public, will be held in the Pine Room of the Joan Weill Student Center from 10:10-11 a.m., except where noted.
This semester’s schedule:
Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m.: Bill Weber, “Out of Africa, Into the Adirondacks: A Conservation Journey.” Adirondack Room, Joan Weill Adirondack Library. Weber’s talk is co-sponsored by the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Adirondack Program; Northern New York Audubon; and the Adirondack Center for Writing.
Weber will speak about his experiences in Rwanda, and closer to home, during his talk.
Friday, March 25: Brian R. Laniewicz, “Wildlife Diseases in the Public Health Field.” Laniewicz, who works for the Health Department’s Bureau of Communicable Disease Control, will discuss the management, epidemiology and research of rabies.
Friday, April 15: John W. Mills, “Lake Trout—An Invasive Species in Yellowstone Lake.” Mills, who was a biologist who studied the physiology of euryhaline fish before becoming an academic administrator, is an avid fly fisherman.
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