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Kathryn Fuller

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

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.

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2017 Fuller Symposium

The Nature of Change

The science of influencing behavior

Behavior change has not yet been extensively incorporated into conservation project planning, design, or overall thinking and approaches. This year’s Fuller Symposium will bring together a diverse array of experts to tackle how to address and close the gap around the understanding of behavior research and the integration and application of behavior strategies into conservation practices to more effectively create and evaluate the outcomes needed to protect nature.

The event is free and open to the public and will take place at the National Geographic Society’s Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, DC on Dec. 4, 2017. It will also be streamed live on our webpage.

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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.

Screening of Chasing Coral and Q&A with Mark Eakin and Ruth Gates

When: Thursday, July 20, 2017, 4:00 pm
Who: Mark Eakin and Ruth Gates
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)


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About the seminar:

Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. A team of divers, photographers and scientists set out on a thrilling ocean adventure to discover why and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Join us to view the film that The New York Times calls "An emotional race against time" and stay to discuss with coral reef ecologist Dr. Mark Eakin and marine biologist Dr. Ruth Gates (remote participant). The discussion will be moderated by World Wildlife Fund's lead marine scientist Dr. Gabby Ahmadia.


About Mark Eakin:

Dr. C. Mark Eakin has worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for over 20 years and directs Coral Reef Watch, a program that monitors coral reef ecosystems through satellite and in water observations. Dr. Eakin holds a Ph.D. from the University of Miami and publishes on coral reef ecology, especially the impact of climate change on coral reefs, coral bleaching, ocean acidification, and coral paleoclimatology. He co-chaired the US Coral Reef Task Force’s Climate Change Working Group, has testified before the US Congress on the impacts of climate change, was a contributing author on the 2014 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Assessment Report, and a Chief Scientific Advisor for the Sundance-winning film Chasing Coral.


About the Ruth Gates:

Ruth Gates is the director, as well as research professor and principal investigator, at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology. She received her Bachelor of Science and PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in England and subsequently spent 13 years at UCLA as a postdoctoral and junior researcher before moving to her current position at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. She leverages the combination of close proximity to coral reefs and world-class research infrastructure to address questions on how corals and reefs function. Her work crosses spatial scales from molecules to ecosystems and employs tools from the fields of molecular, cell and computational biology, biochemistry, physiology and ecology. Her goal is to build human, biological, and educational capacity that contributes to slowing declines in reef integrity and improving the prognosis in the face of intensifying impacts from climate change and human use. Ruth also currently serves as the President of the International Society for Reef Studies.