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Conservation Conversations with Sean O'Brien

24 EpisodesProduced by NatureServeWebsite

Join Sean O’Brien, President and CEO of NatureServe, as he discusses emerging technologies, regional and global trends in biodiversity, and the future for life on Earth with some of the world’s leading experts in conservation. Each episode, released on a monthly basis, will feature an exclusive inte… read more

24 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

S2 Ep12: Justin Cummings: Uniting Science and Policy for Positive Change

June 15th, 2022

25:28

In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Justin Cummings, the founding director of the UCSC Doris Duke Conservation …

S2 Ep11: Neil Cox and Bruce Young: The First Global Reptile Assessment

May 24th, 2022

36:16

In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean is joined by the lead authors of the first comprehensive assessment of the world's reptiles. Neil Cox is the manager of the Biodiversity Assessment Unit, a …

S2 Ep10: Razan Al Mubarak: Global Cooperation for Conserving Nature

April 21st, 2022

35:02

In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean is joined by Razan Al Mubarak, President of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Razan shares how the IUCN leverages its constituency of …

S2 Ep9: Healy Hamilton: Pin-pointing Areas of Conservation Priority

March 22nd, 2022

24:51
In this month's episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean is joined by NatureServe's own Chief Scientist, Dr. Healy Hamilton, to talk about the Map of Biodiversity Importance. Learn about what the map is, how it will …

S2 Ep8: Michelle Nijhuis: Beloved Beasts (Update & Re-release)

February 23rd, 2022

44:05

With the Biodiversity Without Boundaries conference right around the corner, NatureServe invited celebrated author and journalist Michelle Nijhuis back to the Conservation Conversations podcast to talk about her keynote …

S2 Ep7: Scott Loarie: Creating Connections and Conservation Impact with iNaturalist

January 26th, 2022

29:20

In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with Scott Loarie, Co-Director of iNaturalist, a popular nature app that allows users …

S2 Ep6: Looking Back on the First Year of the NatureServe Network Van Tour

December 27th, 2021

30:53
This past spring, NatureServe kicked off the “NatureServe Network Van Tour”, an expedition highlighting how we sustain biodiversity through …

S2 Ep5: Holiday Special

November 24th, 2021

25:23
In this special episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean reflects on the previous episodes and shares some of the moments that intrigued, surprised, and inspired him and the listeners. Hear from scientists, authors, …

S2 Ep4: Dave Goulson: Averting the Insect Apocalypse

October 25th, 2021

29:56

The bulk of species on earth are insects; yet, scientists are noticing that insects are dying off at an alarming rate. In this episode of …

S2 Ep3: Peter Soroye: Identifying Canada's Key Biodiversity Areas

September 27th, 2021

28:57

In the latest episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with scientist and conservation advocate Peter Soroye. Listen as Peter and Sean swap origin stories, discuss the value of Key Biodiversity Areas, and …

S2 Ep2: Thomas Brooks: IUCN World Conservation Congress

August 26th, 2021

34:17

In this timely episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Thomas Brooks, Chief Scientist of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) ahead of the IUCN World Conservation Congress taking …

S2 Ep1: Doug Chadwick: Four Fifths a Grizzly

July 29th, 2021

33:16

In this first episode of the new season of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with author and wildlife biologist Doug Chadwick to talk about …

S1 Ep12: Michelle Nijhuis: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction

June 22nd, 2021

33:54

Michelle Nijhuis, author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction, joins Sean in a conversation about the origins of conservation, climate change, and the many motivations for protecting nature. …

S1 Ep11: Carrie Brown-Lima: Invasive Species Awareness

May 18th, 2021

22:44

In honor of invasive species awareness week, Sean speaks with Carrie Brown-Lima, Director of the New York Invasive Species Research Institute at Cornell University. Tune in and learn why invasive species are among the …

S1 Ep10: Andrea Wulf: Storytelling for Science

April 20th, 2021

33:43
In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Andrea Wulf, an award–winning author of six acclaimed books, including the New York …

S1 Ep9: Saharah Moon Chapotin: The Vital Role of Botanic Gardens in Plant Conservation

March 22nd, 2021

29:21

In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with Saharah Moon Chapotin, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. Learn how botanic gardens support research and conservation …

S1 Ep8: Congressman Don Beyer: The Bright Future of Environmental Policy

February 23rd, 2021

35:31

In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean chats with U.S. Congressman Don Beyer, Representative of Virginia's 8th district. Listen in on …

S1 Ep7: Annie Novak: Rooftop farming, engaging with science, and "following your bliss"

January 25th, 2021

33:47

In the latest episode of Conservation Conversations, listen as Sean sits down with Annie Novak, an author, educator, and conservationist who's …

S1 Ep6: Ellen Shultzabarger: The Balancing Act of Natural Resource Management

December 15th, 2020

30:46


In this episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean speaks with Ellen Shultzabarger, State Forester and Director of the PA Bureau of Forestry. Listen …

S1 Ep5: Jon Paul Rodríguez: Anticipating and Understanding Impacts on Nature

November 23rd, 2020

30:53


In our latest episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean sits down with an old friend—Jon Paul Rodríguez, Chair of the IUCN Species Survival …

S1 Ep4: Dawn Wright: Mapping Biodiversity

October 13th, 2020

28:32
In this episode, Sean speaks with Dawn Wright, Chief Scientist at Esri, about our landmark collaboration on the Map of Biodiversity Importance and …

S1 Ep3: Anne Frances & Wes Knapp: Uncovering the truth about plant extinction in North America

September 14th, 2020

22:30

During this new episode of Conservation Conversations Sean speaks with Wes Knapp, a mountains botanists and ecologist with the NC Natural Heritage …

S1 Ep2: Lucas Joppa: The Intersection of Technology and Conservation

August 18th, 2020

19:22

During this second episode of Conservation Conversations, Sean talks to Lucas Joppa, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Officer. Together, they discuss …

1: Tom Lovejoy: The Godfather of Biodiversity

July 24th, 2020

24:38

The first guest of Conservation Conversations is Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, a Senior Fellow at the United Nations Foundation and who is often called “the …

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