UNLV Public Lands Institute Coordinating IPAX Symposium at AAAS-PD 2013

May 21, 3:24 pm
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The 94th Annual Meeting of the Pacific Division of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) will be held at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (June 16-19, 2013). In addition to a broad array of technical programs, paper and poster presentations, and field trips, 21 symposia have been organized. One of which is the International Protected Area Exchange (IPAX) symposium (June 18), organized by the UNLV Public Lands Institute.

Working with the National Park Service’s Wilderness Stewardship Office, IPAX is a new initiative at UNLV to explore how the university can support global efforts to reduce pressures exerted on the natural environment and heritage resources. Accordingly, IPAX intersects a variety of departments and disciplines within the university. Collectively around the globe, protected areas secure irreplaceable natural, ecological, and cultural treasure. Without healthy ecosystems, sustained human health and well-being is impossible. Fundamental to all sustainable protected area management is the adoption of more participatory, inclusive, and equitable models that balance science, people, and policy. These models consider a variety of benefits and values while utilizing effective partnerships, including with the local community within and adjacent to the area and the relevant governance and policymakers.

Designed to facilitate information transfer and foster new connections, the IPAX symposium provides a forum for exchange of insights and findings related to cooperative conservation of ecosystems and cultural resources. Symposium organizers are Dr. Margaret N. Rees, Ph.D. and Dr. Allison Brody D.A. The keynote speaker will be IPAX partner Garry Oye (Chief, Wilderness Stewardship Office) with the following additional presentations:

Lynn Davis, Nevada Program Manager

Nevada Field Office,

National Parks Conservation Association

Creating Support for Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument: Looking Ahead to Building a Model Urban National Park Unit.

Melissa Thaw, Graduate Student

Resources Management Program,

Department of Geoscience,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Harmony and Dissonance: Protecting Lake Tahoe from Aquatic Invasive Species versus Development

Karen G. Harry, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Department of Anthropology,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Recent Research at House 47: Evaluating the Impacts of Fluctuating Lake Levels on Southern Nevada’s Archaeological Sites

Kent Turner, Chief of Resource Division (ret.)

Lake Mead National Recreation Area,

National Park Service

Jennell M. Miller, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, Public Lands Institute,

University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Integrating Science and Research Activities for Southern Nevada Public Lands: Development and Status

Tricia Dutcher, Graduate Student

School of Environmental and Public Affairs, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

The Need for Stakeholder Cooperation over Competition to Adapt to Climate Change

Carol L. Blaney, Graduate Student

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University

Theresa G. Coble, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, Stephen F. Austin State University                                        

Elizabeth Barrie, Ph.D., Project Manager

Public Lands Institute, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Dynamically Engaging the Public through Facilitated Dialogue

Deborah Reardon, Planner

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, National Park Service

Community-Led Resource Conservation

Mauricia M.M. Baca, Executive Director

Outside Las Vegas Foundation

Paths to the Future – Community, Collaboration, and Stewardship

 More information about AAAS-Pacific Division and its upcoming 94th Annual Meeting can be found at http://associations.sou.edu/aaaspd/