Sept.10: Ecology Professor Presents at Scientific Research Society

Brevard College Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies Robert Cabin will discuss the emerging paradigm of ecological restoration during a meeting of the local chapter of the scientific research society Sigma Xi on Wednesday, September 10.

The 7 p.m. presentation will be held in Room 125 of Brevard College’s McLarty-Goodson Building. It is free and open to the public.

During his talk, titled “Nature is Dead. Long Live Nature!,” Dr. Cabin will discuss the science and art of assisting the recovery of degraded species and ecosystems and creating more meaningful and sustainable relationships between people and nature.

Dr. Cabin has written numerous professional and general audience articles on the scientific, socio-economic, and philosophical challenges and opportunities associated with doing ecological restoration in the messy real world. He has also authored two books on this subject: Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice (Island Press, 2011) and the award-winning Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawaii (University of Hawaii Press, 2013)

A member of Brevard College’s faculty since 2005, Dr. Cabin coordinates the College’s Environmental Studies major.  Before coming to Brevard, he taught at Kenyon College and The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.  After graduate school Cabin lived and worked in Hawaii as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in Restoration Ecology at the National Tropical Botanical Garden and as a research ecologist for the US Forest Service.

A 5:45 p.m. dinner is planned prior to the presentation. Cost to attend the reservation-only dinner, which will be held in the Institute Room of Brevard College’s Myers Dining Hall, is $6.75.

For more information or to make a reservation, contact Jeff Llewellyn at or 828-883-8292, ext. 2277. Reservations must be received by 11 a.m. on Wednesday, September 10.

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