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The Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Fund supports and harnesses the most promising conservation science research and puts it into practice. Named in honor of the former president and CEO of WWF-US, the fund supports an annual Science for Nature Symposium featuring global leaders in science, policy, and conservation. Additionally, a regular seminar series provides a regular forum for the conservation community.

Kathryn Fuller

Kathryn S. Fuller, former president and chief executive of World Wildlife Fund

What WWF Is Doing

2014 Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

Whole Planet, Full Plate
Finding ways to feed the world sustainably

Every year WWF’s Fuller Symposium convenes thought leaders in science, policy, business, conservation and development to tackle the emerging issues facing our planet. The 2014 Fuller Symposium explored how we can freeze the footprint of food while still nourishing billions. We looked at the conservation opportunities and challenges we are facing and heard diverse perspectives on food production, distribution, consumption, waste, policy choices, and innovations that are shaping our food systems.

The one day event took place November 12, 2014 at the National Geographic Society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. View the agenda.

Quarterly Seminar Series

WWF’s Science for Nature Seminars provide a regular forum for the conservation community to learn, discuss, network and inspire. The series seeks to advance the discussion of cutting edge research relating to international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe. Seminars are:

  • Free
  • Open to the public
  • Held at WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)
  • Begin at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception at 5:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Kate Graves at 202-495-4604.


Quarterly Seminar Series - March 2015

Monarch butterfly on flower.

A Blooming Problem: The Disruptive Impacts of Climate Change on Nature’s Calendar

From the cherry trees of Washington to plankton in the world’s oceans, from seabirds in the Arctic to North America’s migrating Monarch butterflies, climate change is disrupting the timing of natural events among plants and animals. A panel of experts will explore some of the changes that already have been observed and those that are projected — and the implications. Join WWF for this conversation on phenology which is part of WWF’s quarterly Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series.

This event is being planned in coordination with The Cherry Blossom Festival and the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

Who: The panel will be moderated by Dr. Nikhil Advani, WWF climate change adaptation scientist, and will consist of:

When: March 26, 2015 at 4:30 PM
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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April 2015

Professor Marianna Fischer-Kowalski headshot

Is human pressure on Earth driving the Anthropocene over the edge?

The discussion on the Anthropocene is in search for a valid and quantifiable description of how and when humans acquire the ability to dominate major features of the Earth system. While common approaches seek to quantify the human impact upon the carbon cycle by identifying the area of land cleared by humans, we base our estimate on the social metabolism of the human population. As a starting point, we use Ehrlich‘s classical IPAT formula, and give it a specific interpretation: human impact on Earth equals population size times affluence (interpreted as energy available per person) times technology – differentiated by mode of subsistence. For the past millennia, we estimate the respective population sizes and affluence (energy), and finally technology concerning its impact on the carbon cycle. We see a major historical dividing line around AD 1500: up to then, human population growth and metabolic rates carry about equal weight in increasing human pressure. In the centuries since, fossil fuels allow to raise social energy use to unprecedented levels and introduce a take off in population and technology; technology, because it is based upon a shift from biomass to fossil fuels and other modern energy carriers, does not moderate this impact, but even enhances it. Is there a major transformation ahead?

Who: Dr. Mariana Fischer-Kowalski
Where: 1250 24th St NW, 2nd floor conference center. Free and open to the public. Reception to follow.

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Professor of Social Ecology and Coordinator of Sustainability Research, Alpen Adria University; Senior Lecturer at the University of Vienna in environmental sociology. She has been teaching at Yale University, at Griffith University, at the Universidad Federal de Rio de Janeiro and at Roskilde University. She is a member of the International Resource Panel of the United Nations Environment Programme and first author of its report on “Decoupling Resource use and Environmental Impact from Economic Growth“ (2011). She has been, inter alia, president of the International Society for Industrial Ecology and Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Potsdam Institute of Climate Impact Research (PIK); currently, she is President of the International Society for Ecological Economics. Other books include “Socioecological Transitions and Global Change“, and “Ester Boserup’s Legacy for Sustainability." 


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