Closing Keynote

Dr. Richard Schneider

Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair, University of Alberta.

Biologists as conservation advocates: good idea or bad?
Dr. Richard Schneider’s
career as a conservation biologist has evolved at the interface between conservation science and conservation policy.  Since 2006, Richard has been a senior scientist with the Integrated Landscape Management Lab—now the Alberta Biodiversity Conservation Chair—at the University of Alberta. In this capacity, he has conducted applied research on industrial cumulative effects, the selection of protected areas in northern Alberta, and the recovery of woodland caribou. In recent years, his research has focused on the ecological effects of climate change and methods for climate adaptation.

Richard has published numerous peer-reviewed papers as well as a book on ecosystem-based forest management. Conservation is often portrayed as an applied science—a corpus of knowledge about how ecological systems function, how they are threatened, and how they can be maintained. Conservation is also a form of management. It entails working with people to achieve desired ecological outcomes, grappling with conflicting land-use objectives, and making optimal use of available conservation resources. The aim of this book is to build a bridge between these two perspectives, linking theory with practice.