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Featured Speakers

Portrait of all the featured speakers

The conference’s featured speakers included eminent conservationist and political activist Dr. Richard Leakey. Historian Dr. Dan Flores eloquently explored how the national park idea has shaped our ideas about nature. Dr. A.R.E. Sinclair, who literally “wrote the book” on ecosystem processes of the Serengeti—twice—outlined ways in which uninformed management decisions can result in devastating “unintended consequences.” Dr. Lee Talbot shared his early experiences conducting parks research in East Africa; Dr. Charles Preston drew connections between Yellowstone and the East African parks and the conundrums facing their managers; Dr. Steven Sanderson discussed the state of conservation across the globe, and Dr. Robin Reid shared the results of recently-collected data concerning human effects on the African landscape.

Brief Biographies of the Featured Speakers (68KB pdf)

Purpose and Mission Sponsors
Conference Summary (74KB pdf) Conference Photos
Proceedings Information

Did You Know?

Summer Crowd at Old Faithful.

At peak summer levels, 3,500 employees work for Yellowstone National Park concessioners and about 800 work for the National Park Service.