Monday, January 18, 2021 An exciting Zoom talk from 5:30 to 7:00 PM featuring Dr. Joanna Lambert, see her bio below. Talk description: Humans have shared landscapes with wild predators throughout our 200,000-year evolutionary history. The relationships we’ve had with these predators over the millennia have been shaped by both fear and learned behavior. Yet, as we continue to urbanize our planet so too have we lost knowledge of how to coexist with other species — resulting in fear of the unknown. In this webinar, I contextualize human-animal interactions within a broad framework of fear and highlight the importance of learning in both humans and predators. I will address these topics at multiple scales, including the physiological, neurological, and evolutionary underpinnings of fear and how it gets played out today around the world in different contexts of human-wildlife conflict. This will involve discussion of work by a wide breadth of scholars, from neuroscientists and psychologists to paleontologists and ecologists. I will also discuss current research that I, my students, and my colleagues are undertaking on learning and habituation in predators like coyotes and red foxes as they boldly enter human-dominated landscapes, overcoming fear in their pursuit of new habitat.
Bio: Joanna Lambert is a professor in the CU Boulder Environmental Studies Program, core faculty in the Center for Microbial Exploration and affiliate faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Lambert also serves as advisor to the United Nations Environmental Program and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Lambert was voted Oregon’s Emerald Professor of the Year, held a Vilas Professorship Award at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is an elected Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Linnean Society of London. She has published hundreds of scientific articles and several books and has spent the last 30 years of her career investigating mammal ecology in remote landscapes around the world, including Africa, Asia, Central and South America. Most recently, she has been researching canid biology in Yellowstone National Park and Colorado. She spends as much time as she can in wild places, striving for optimism in a challenging world. In her extra time, she rides horses, plays with her two dogs, or gets lost in the mountains — sometimes all at the same time. For more information, visit www.joannalambert.com Co-hosted by the South San Juans and Northern San Juans Broadbands. Register for this free event by emailing Anne at firstname.lastname@example.org.