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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.

What WWF Is Doing

2017 Fuller Symposium

The Nature of Change

The science of influencing behavior

Behavior change has not yet been extensively incorporated into conservation practice planning, design, or overall thinking. On December 4, 2017, this year's Fuller Symposium brought together a diverse array of experts from the behavior sciences to tackle how we can better integrate behavioral strategies and interventions into conservation practice to produce more effective outcomes for nature.

The event, presented in collaboration with National Geographic, was free and open to the public. It took place at the National Geographic Society's Grosvenor Auditorium in Washington, D.C.

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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.

WWF’s Spring Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series Schedule:

  • May 24: Jeremy Jackson on America’s environmental crisis
  • June 7: Trevor Branch on the status of global fisheries

 

Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crises

When: May 24, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., reception to follow
Who: Jeremy B. C. Jackson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)

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About the seminar:

Eminent ecologist Jeremy B. C. Jackson and award-winning journalist Steve Chapple traveled the length of the Mississippi River interviewing farmers, fishermen, scientists, and policymakers to better understand the mounting environmental problems ravaging the United States. Along their journey, which quickly expands to California, Florida, and New York, the pair uncovered surprising and profound connections between ecological systems and environmental crises across the country. Artfully weaving together independent research and engaging storytelling, Jackson and Chapple examine the looming threats from recent hurricanes and fires, industrial agriculture, river mismanagement, extreme weather events, drought, and rising sea levels that are pushing the country toward the breaking point of ecological and economic collapse, in their new book Breakpoint: Reckoning with America's Environmental Crises.

Yet, despite these challenges, the authors provide optimistic and practical solutions for addressing these multidimensional issues to achieve greater environmental stability, human well-being, and future economic prosperity. With a passionate call to action, they look hopefully toward emerging and achievable solutions to preserve the country’s future.

In this seminar, Jeremy will provide an insightful look at the American environmental crisis and emerging solutions from the heartland to the coasts in the era of global climate change.

About the Speaker:

Jeremy B. C. Jackson is an emeritus professor at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, senior scientist emeritus at the Smithsonian Institution, and visiting scientist at the American Museum of Natural History Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. He is co-editor of Shifting Baselines: The Past and the Future of Ocean Fisheries.

 

State of the World's Fisheries: Lessons from both collapses and bright spots

When: June 7, 2018 at 4:30 p.m., reception to follow
Who: Trevor A. Branch, University of Washington
Where: WWF’s Washington, D.C. Headquarters (1250 24th St. NW, Washington, DC 20037)

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About the seminar:

The status of global marine fisheries is a highly contentious topic. Some point to notable failures such as the collapse of northern cod and the many fisheries that are currently overfished, while others highlight the many sustainable and rebuilding fisheries with a sense of ocean optimism. In this talk, Trevor will draw from both of these traditions to pull out a series of lessons for how we can better manage fisheries.

  • Lesson 1: overfished fisheries can be expected to recover when fishing pressure is reduced to sustainable levels.
  • Lesson 2: some fisheries will collapse, and the collapses will be worse when catch reductions are delayed for social or political reasons.
  • Lesson 3: some collapsed fisheries will fail to recover, and sometimes this will be due to changes in the environment.
  • Lesson 4: there is no silver bullet—every regulation designed to solve fisheries problems will also result in unexpected outcomes.
  • Lesson 5: precautionary management is needed, especially when setting catches and ensuring that part of each population is not subject to fishing.

Overall, there is hope for global fisheries in many parts: reductions in harvest rates have generally led to rebuilding, public mood has shifted to a balance between fishing and conservation, and certification bodies continue to raise the profile and profitability of sustainable fisheries over those that are overfished.

About the Speaker:

Trevor Branch uses computer models and big data analysis to solve real-life ecological questions. His research spans a broad variety of topics including global marine fisheries status, impacts of fishing on marine food webs, assessing the usefulness of catch-only fisheries methods, consequences of fishing regulations on human behavior, effects of catch share fisheries, citation analysis, the ways in which exploitation can result in extinction, and the status, trends and distribution of blue whales. He is the Richard C. and Lois M. Worthington Endowed Professor in Fisheries Management at the School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington.

 

Projects

  • 2011 Fuller Science for Nature Symposium

    The 2011 symposium titled “Conservation Forward” brought together a diverse group of conservation leaders and change makers to answer one critical question: What are the most promising new ideas and innovations for effecting conservation?

  • Kathryn S. Fuller Science for Nature 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 critical topics in international conservation by featuring distinguished scientists from across the globe.

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