Can starfish, beetles or octopi teach world leaders how to address international challenges including terrorism? Come and hear Rafe Sagarin explain why the answer is yes.

"Learning from the Octopus: Nature’s Lessons for Good Global Governance," is the title of an upcoming lecture by Mr. Sagarin, a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst at the University of Arizona.

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) invites media to cover this upcoming Signature Lecture on Thursday, January 24 from 7:30-9 p.m.

Mr. Sagarin innovatively uses unusual data sets to re-assemble historical patterns of ecosystem change. He will explore some of nature’s secrets for adaptation and will discuss how these lessons can be applied to international relations.

He has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, and University of California, Los Angeles. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers.

Members of the media can register in advance by emailing Kevin Dias, CIGI communications specialist, at [email protected]. Members of the public who want to attend in person can find more information, including how to register, by visiting www.cigionline.org/events. Those who are not in Waterloo or who want to watch the lecture from home can view the live-webcast at no cost by visiting the same link for registration.

Event:

CIGI Signature Lecture: “Learning from the October: Nature’s Lessons for Good Global Governance” featuring Rafe Sagarin

Date:

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time:

7:30-9 p.m.

Location:

CIGI Campus

67 Erb Street West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Rafe Sagarin is a marine ecologist and environmental policy analyst. He has studied responses of marine communities and wetlands to climate change, illegal fishing, pollution, and other human impacts. Sagarin uses unusual data sets from writers, naturalists, artists, and gamblers to re-assemble historical patterns of ecosystem change, including reconstructing changes to the Sea of Cortez since the expedition of John Steinbeck and Ed Ricketts. He also runs a working group on using biological evolution as a guide for improving societal security systems, which produced the volume Natural Security: A Darwinian Approach to a Dangerous World (UC Press 2008), edited by Sagarin and Terence Taylor. He also studies environmental philosophy and history and is currently documenting the revolutionary transformation in science back towards primarily observational, rather than experimental, methodologies.

Rafe was recently honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship in support of two books he is writing on the science of ecology and on his Natural Security work.  He has served as a Geological Society of America Congressional Science Fellow in the office of U.S. Representative Hilda Solis. Sagarin has taught ecology and environmental policy at Duke University, California State University Monterey Bay, and University of California, Los Angeles. His research has appeared in Science, Nature, Conservation Biology, Ecological Monographs, Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Foreign Policy, and other leading journals, magazines, and newspapers.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kevin Dias, Communications Specialist, CIGI
Tel: 519.885.2444, ext. 7238, Email: [email protected]

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank on international governance. Led by experienced practitioners and distinguished academics, CIGI supports research, forms networks, advances policy debate and generates ideas for multilateral governance improvements. Conducting an active agenda of research, events and publications, CIGI’s interdisciplinary work includes collaboration with policy, business and academic communities around the world. CIGI was founded in 2001 by Jim Balsillie, then co-CEO of Research In Motion, and collaborates with and gratefully acknowledges support from a number of strategic partners, in particular the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario. For more information, please visit www.cigionline.org.

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