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2008 Rothenberg Lecture features WWF scientist

The 2008 Bernard Rothenberg Lecture in Biology and Public Policy will be delivered by Taylor Ricketts, the World Wildlife Fund's director of conservation science. The talk, titled "The Science of Saving Life on Earth," will take place in Carpenter B21 at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, April 10. A reception in the London Room will follow at 5:15.

Ricketts leads a broad range of scientific activities at the World Wildlife Fund, from conducting research on the scientific principles underlying conservation to providing technical assistance to conservation programs on the ground. His current research focuses on the economic benefits of conservation to people: the "ecosystem services" provided by forests, wetlands, and other natural areas. In a recent study, Ricketts and his colleagues spent three years paintakingly calculating the value to Costa Rican coffee farmers of the pollination services provided by bees who lived in the forest surrounding the coffee farms.They estimated that the value of the pollination amounted to more than $60,000 per year for a single farm.

According to Ricketts, such detailed quantification of the economic value of forest and wildlife conservation to farmers is crucial to saving some of the world's most endangered habitats.

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