December 04, 2013
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The approximately 110,000 square miles of coral reefs in the world are so much more than just one of nature’s profound beauties; they are home to 25 percent of all marine species, provide coastal protection, and, unexpectedly, are the source of unique chemical compounds with anti-cancer properties. Over the years, we have heard that coral reefs are threatened by pollution, overfishing, coastal development, and climate change. As the lead scientist for coral reef conservation for The Nature Conservancy, Stephanie Wear has worked on the front lines — leading training programs, working on community-based management efforts, and collaborating with a broad range of partners across the tropics. Faced with dire predictions, Stephanie has been leading an effort to identify new approaches to solving the coral reef crisis and it has led her to some unlikely places. Meet Stephanie and hear about what she has learned along the way as she shares the secret to coral reef conservation and how humans have a lot more in common with coral reefs than we previously thought. Following the lecture, enjoy a cookies and coffee reception. Cosponsored with The Nature Conservancy of Colorado. All sales are final unless the Museum cancels the program.
Image credit: Coral Reefs in Palau ©Ian Shive