"We lose one hundred thousand species for every hectare deforested."
Tiputini Biodiversity Station (TBS), located in the Amazon basin of eastern Ecuador, is one of the most biodiverse regions of the world. The region also sits on top of Ecuador's second largest oil deposit. In July 2014, fifteen University of Michigan students on a GIEU study abroad program spent 21 days living and working at TBS. Their encounters with nature gave them a first-hand understanding of the intense struggle to balance sustainability with conservation efforts. Join them on October 18, 2014 as Founding TBS Director, Dr. Kelly Swing, speaks from 1-2pm with a student exhibition following from 2-4pm.
In addition to his role as the Director of TBS, Dr. Kelly Swing is a professor of Environmental Science at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito and serves as Director for Boston University's Ecuador Tropical Ecology Program. He has acted as a consultant involved in analyzing industrial and construction impact specializing in waterways, habitat quality, integrity, species composition and abundance.
His perspective on environmental pressures has been featured in numerous places including The Guardian, National Geographic, NPR, CNN, and the BBC.
Dr. Swing sees education as crucial and essential for conservation efforts. Please join us for this rare opportunity to hear Dr Swing share his experience, insight, and suggestions for preserving one of the most biodiverse places on the earth.