The annual Heron Allen Lecture takes place at Lady Margaret Hall. Professor Vucetich is a Visiting Fellow with the Oxford Martin Programme on Natural Governance.
Academic siloing has created a community of conservation professionals unable to adequately handle ethical concepts that routinely arise in conservation. This is especially troubling because conservation is – at its core – ethics in action.
This event is free of charge and guests are welcome. The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception in the Monson Room.
About the speaker
Professor John Vucetich (Visiting Fellow, Oxford Martin Programme on Natural Governance) is from the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science at Michigan Technological University. After graduating from Michigan Technological University with a BSc in Biological Sciences and a PhD in Forest Sciences, he took a Research Assistant Professorship at the same institution and became an Associate Professor in 2011. He has authored or co-authored over 75 peer-reviewed articles that have been collectively cited more than 3400 times. His scientific research has led to valuable insight pertaining to predation and population genetics. Professor Vucetich has also distinguished himself as an expert in conservation ethics. That expertise is comprised of equal parts scholarly rigor and real-world conservation experience. His writings on ethics have appeared in scholarly venues, such as Conservation Biology, Bioscience, and Conservation Letters and popular outlets such as The New York Times, Natural History, Huffington Post, and The Ecologist. Writing on a wide range of topics – trophy hunting, wilderness, endangered species, sustainability, animal welfare, and climate change mitigation – Professor Vucetich’s work has been acknowledged by its influence on policy and scholarship. He has been involved with numerous documentaries, art exhibits and museum exhibits which detail the wolves and moose of Isle Royale. He has been fictionalised as the main character in a novel (Winter Study by Nevada Barr), which made the New York Best-Sellers list at #10 for hard-cover fiction.