“Portraits from the Brink: The Critical Need to Document Biodiversity”

  • April 1, 2019 • 5:30 PM
  • Hillman Hall Clark-Fox Forum

Joel Sartore has devoted his career to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. On April 1, Sartore will describe the National Geographic Photo Ark project (natgeophotoark.org), followed by a discussion with leaders from the Living Earth Collaborative. (c) Photos by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark

Currently, the planet is experiencing the worst spate of species die-offs since the loss of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. In other words, we have entered the sixth mass extinction, but unlike its five predecessors, this one is largely human-driven.

But hope remains as more people become invested in saving precious but endangered species. One of them is acclaimed National Geographic Fellow and photographer Joel Sartore, who has devoted his career to building the National Geographic Photo Ark. The project aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.

A conversation among the three leaders of the Living Earth Collaborative will follow Sartore’s presentation. They are: Jonathan Losos, the William H. Danforth Professor of Biology in Arts & Sciences and Director, Living Earth Collaborative; Saint Louis Zoo president and CEO, Jeffrey Bonner; and Peter Wyse Jackson, president of the Missouri Botanical Garden and George Engelmann Professor of Botany at Washington University.

The Living Earth Collaborative, a partnership between Washington University, the Saint Louis Zoo and the Missouri Botanical Garden, is dedicated to finding solutions to stem the loss of vast populations of flora and fauna.

This is a Science Matters Lecture, co-sponsored by the Living Earth Collaborative; a reception will follow.