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Theobald lecture on Dec. 5 concludes MSU series about North American West

November 28, 2016 -- MSU News Service

Dave Theobald, senior scientist with Conservation Science Partners in Fort Collins, Colorado, will lecture about the “Geography of Conservation in the Next Wild West" at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium. Theobald’s lecture will be the final lecture in the College of Letters and Science's 2016 Western Lands and Peoples: Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series. Photo courtesy of Dave Theobald

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Dave Theobald, senior scientist with Conservation Science Partners in Fort Collins, Colorado, will lecture about the “Geography of Conservation in the Next Wild West" at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Museum of the Rockies' Hager Auditorium. Theobald’s lecture will be the final lecture in the College of Letters and Science's 2016 Western Lands and Peoples: Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series.

The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be preceded by a reception at 5:15 p.m. in the museum lobby.

Theobald will use maps and spatial analyses to explore the patterns and trends of past, current and potential future landscape changes in the West. He will argue that the key to continued conservation of the "next West" is a networked and permeable landscape.

Theobald is a geographer, conservation biologist and landscape ecologist who specializes in assessing the effects of land use changes on wildlife habitat and biodiversity. He has worked on a variety of collaborative, interdisciplinary projects, including regional-scale resource assessments, inventories of open space and protected lands, species movement studies (at regional to continental scales) and analyses of proposed policy changes on sustainability. He also has experience developing integrated climate and land use scenarios.

A long-time member of the Society for Conservation Biology, Theobald currently serves on the board of directors for SCB's North American section. He is active with the David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellow program and is an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Fish, Wildlife and Conservation Biology at Colorado State University.

The American West lecture series has featured experts from around the country discussing the history, literature and culture of the West; issues affecting the wildlife and fisheries of the region; and the West's geography, geology and resources.

The Western Lands and Peoples: Perspectives on the American West Lecture Series is cosponsored by the Burton K. Wheeler Center and is part of the college's Western Lands and Peoples Initiative, a collection of programs and events highlighting interdisciplinary research within the College of Letters and Science that is focused on the places and peoples of the Western United States and Canada.

Jody Sanford (406) 994-7791, jody.sanford@montana.edu

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