Confronting the Biodiversity Crisis Through Landscape Architecture: A Call to Action - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/HSW)
We are witnessing a biodiversity crisis, with thousands of species lost, forever, each year. This session will help design professionals understand the many facets of biodiversity, and the means by which they can support biodiversity through design decisions.
- Why Biodiversity Matters: Understand how biodiversity supports ecosystem services to society, reasons for and magnitude of its decline, how racism and classism affect biodiversity, and how to advocate for change.
- Scale matters: Recognize that biodiversity includes genetic, species, and habitat diversity, all of which are impacted at the local, regional, and global scale by design decisions.
- Start with Planning: Become familiar with how land planning and policies that incorporate landscape ecology science can support conservation of biodiversity and serve as a catalyst for ecological stewardship.
- Act Locally: Learn how to incorporate biodiversity protection and restoration best practices directly into project site designs, planting practices, and construction processes, and the importance of collaborating with ecologists.
Kelly Farrell, ASLA
Landscape Designer, Ecologist
My passion combines ecological knowledge with landscape architecture to design landscapes that present an amazing human experience while integrating water, plants, and spaces to support local ecology. After completing a MS in Zoology at Oregon State University I spent several years delineating habitats and surveying for rare species before turning towards landscape architecture, completing my MLA at Cornell University. I believe that landscape architecture has both the potential and the responsibility to respond to the dual challenges of biodiversity loss and climate change. Finding unique solutions that bring together humans and the natural world is what drives me.
Keith Bowers, FASLA
As the founder and president of Biohabitats, Keith leads a multidisciplinary mission driven organization focused on conservation planning, ecological restoration and regenerative design. Keith has applied his expertise to more than 1,000 projects throughout North America. Keith served on the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management, is a founding board member of the University of Pennsylvania’s Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology, and has served on the boards of the Society for Ecological Restoration and the Wildlands Network.
Tim Nuttle, PhD, CSE, CWB
Oikos Ecology LLC
Tim is a systems ecologist with over 28 years of experience in ecology of wetlands, streams, and forests, restoration ecology, green infrastructure, ecological planning, ecological modeling, and statistical analysis. Tim is particularly interested in understanding and managing the functions of complex, species rich ecological systems, how these respond to human-caused environmental changes, and how they can be restored and managed to better meet society’s or landowners’ goals for them.
Tim enjoys collaborating with engineers, planners, architects, landscape architects, and other ecologists and environmental scientists to create imaginative project solutions that meet the client’s goals.
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