Jennifer Lahl is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. She is called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking. She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine. She made her writing and directing debut producing the documentary film Eggsploitation, which has been awarded Best Documentary by the California Independent Film Festival and has sold in more than 30 countries. She is also Director, Executive Producer, and Co-Writer of Anonymous Father’s Day, a documentary film exploring the stories of women and men who were created by anonymous sperm donation. Her latest film, Breeders: A Subclass of Women? on surrogacy, was released January 2014, and completes the trilogy of films exploring the ethics of third-party reproduction.
Stephanie McMillan’s award-winning editorial cartoons and comic strips have appeared in hundreds of publications and venues. She is the author of seven books, including Capitalism Must Die!, which combines comics with text in a basic overview of capitalism and revolution, and The Beginning of the American Fall, about the Occupy mobilizations. Stephanie has also been an organizer against capitalism all her life. Today we talk about her newest project, a calendar called “365 Daily Affirmations for Revolutionary Proletarian Militants.”
Trista Hendren is the author of the Girl God series. You can read more about her projects at www.thegirlgod.com
Dr Gerardo Ceballos is one of the world’s leading ecologists, and is a professor at the Institute of Ecology at National Autonomous University of Mexico. He is the author of numerous books, including The Skin of the Rainforest, Mammals of Mexico, and The Annihilation of Nature: Human Extinction of Birds and Mammals. He is also known for his fieldwork on prairie dogs, jaguars, and others. He proposed the first Mexican endangered species act, that includes roughly 4000 species of plants and animals in the country. He has seen through to establishment more than 20 protected areas that cover almost 2% of the Mexican land territory and protect thousands of plants and animals, including around 15% of all endangered species. No other Mexican scientist – perhaps no other individual scientist in the world — has accomplished so much in hands-on conservation. Today we talk about prairie dogs as a keystone species.
Jay Barlow received a B.S. in Biology from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in Biological Oceanography from Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSD. He has been a researcher at the NOAA Southwest Fisheries Science Center in La Jolla California since 1982. His research has primarily involved evaluating and mitigating human impacts on cetaceans and pinnipeds along the US West Coast and in Hawaii. International work has involved surveys of cetacean abundance in the Colombian Amazon, the Yangtze River and the northern Gulf of California. Today we talk about vaquitas, the smallest and most endangered of the cetaceans.
Jaclyn Lopez is the Florida Director for the Center for Biological Diversity. She holds a master of laws degree in environmental and land-use law from the University of Florida and a J.D. from the University of Denver, and coordinates campaigns in the Southeast and Caribbean, focusing on protecting imperiled species and ecosystems. Today we talk about manatees
Suprabha Seshan has lived and worked for twenty-two years at the Gurukula Botanical Sanctuary in the Western Ghat mountains of India. The Sanctuary is a centre for plant conservation, habitat restoration and environmental education and also a community. In 2006, on behalf of the Sanctuary she won the Whitley Award, UK’s top prize for nature conservation. She is an Ashoka Fellow. Her current focus is the restoration of one of India’s most endangered ecosystems: the high elevation shola grasslands.
Brendan Mackey is is a Professor at Griffith University, Queensland Australia and is director of the University’s climate change response program which promotes a multi-disciplinary approach to climate change problems. Brendan’s PhD was in tropical forest ecology and he has published widely in the related fields of biodiversity, ecosystems, conservation and
climate change. His current research is focussed on the role of ecosystems in climate change mitigation and adaptation. He serves on the global governing Council of the International Union for conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Noah Greenwald is the Endangered Species Director for the Center for Biological Diversity. He directs the Center’s efforts to protect new species under the Endangered Species Act, to ensure that imperiled species receive effective protections and that we have the strongest Endangered Species Act possible. He also works to educate the public about the importance of protecting biodiversity and about the multitude of threats to the survival of North American wildlife. He holds a bachelor of science in ecology from the Evergreen State College and a master’s in forest ecology and conservation from the University of Washington. Before he joined the Center in 1997, Noah worked as a field biologist, surveying northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets and banding Hawaiian songbirds. Today we talk about grizzly bears.
George Wuerthner is the Ecological Projects Director for the Foundation for Deep Ecology. He is an ecologist and wildlands activist. He has published 38 books on environmental issues and natural history including such environmentally focused books as Welfare Ranching, Wildfire, Thrillcraft, Energy and most recently Keeping the Wild. Today we talk about fire.