Manomet’s quarterly lecture series will resume on April 12 in downtown Boston with a focus on a long running and contentious issue – oil and gas exploration and wildlife conservation in the Arctic.
The lecture series is designed to explore the most important natural resource issues from multiple perspectives. It will be held at the Federal Reserve Bank Plaza. A cocktail hour will be held from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm and the lecture will run from 6:30 pm to 8 pm.
For the April 12 installment, Manomet’s chief shorebird scientist Stephen Brown will discuss Arctic wildlife conservation – including existing populations pressures and potential impacts with oil and gas development.
Stephen travels to Alaska each summer to study shorebird breeding and invertebrates in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. He has worked with BP on impact studies from energy development and he is the editor of Arctic Wings: Birds of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Stephen also co-founded and is responsible for the Arctic Shorebird Demographic Network, which conducts research with 15 partner organizations at 10 sites across Alaska and Canada. The network is studying shorebird demographics to better understand the decline in shorebird populations.
Andrew Holland from the American Security Project in Washington, DC, will speak on the policy and politics of Arctic oil and gas exploration.
Andrew is the senior fellow for energy and climate change at the American Security Project. He has studied and written on Arctic energy policy, and spoke at the 2011 Johns Hopkins University conference “The Future of the Arctic.”
He was previously the manager of the Transatlantic Dialogue on Climate Change and Security for the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies and the legislative assistant to Senator Chuck Hagel (D-Neb) for energy, environment, and infrastructure.