Wallerstein Collaborative For Urban Environmental Education

Department of Teaching and Learning


2015 Biodiversity Conference - Speaker Series at NYU

Biodiversity Conference - Speaker Series @ NYU

October 23rd 9:00-5:00 pm

5 Washington Place

As part of the 2015 Biodiversity Conference, which is happening in conjunction with the 2015 Wildlife Conservation Film Festival, the Wallerstein Collaborative is co-sponsoring a speaker series with the WCFF on October 23rd. This event is free for NYU students, faculty and staff and $10 per session for the general public.

The schedule is as follows:

Friday, October 23
New York University (NYU)
5 Washington Place
Between Broadway and Mercer Streets
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am – Registration

9:30-10:15 – Elam Stoltzfus,
Emmy Award Winning film producer/cinematographer
Nic Stoltzfus, Photographer/writer
Blountstown, FL
Presentation: Journeys across Florida’s Biodiversity
* Book signing with Elam after presentation
Coastal Dune Lakes: Jewels of Florida’s Emerald Coast

10:15-11:00 – Dr. Reina-Marie Loader
University of Vienna, Austria
University of Pretoria, South Africa
Presentation: Reflections of a Filmmaker: Rhino Conservation in South Africa

11:00-11:45 -- Mario Haberfeld

The Oncafari Jaguar Project, Founder São Paulo, Brazil

Presentation: Ecotourism in the Brazilian Pantanal & habituating Jaguars for people to witness the fascinating behaviour of these magnificent animals.

1:00-1:45 – Rick Rosenthal
Four-Time Emmy Award Wining Wildlife Cameraman & Marine Biologist
Wild Logic, LLC
Santa Barbara, CA
Presentation: “Bio Hot Spots in the Open Ocean”
Recent explorations while diving and filming have revealed more diversity in the pelagic environment than previously described. Near surface ‘hot spots’ have been recorded during both the day and night using the latest digital cameras, LED lights and shallow water dive gear. Aggregations of open ocean animals typically associate with flotsam and floating objects. Apex predators and their principle prey are strongly influenced by prevailing currents, the underlying topography and the oxygen minimal layer. Vertical migrators that follow specific light levels typically appear close to the sea surface at night, and they also are found to aggregate within these same biological ‘hot spots’.

1:45-2:30 – Sumesh Lekhi
Producer, Writer and Director
Mumbai, India
Presentation: Asian Elephant Conservation and the Biodiversity of the North Eastern Jungles of India.

2:30-3:15 -- Majid Mohammad Doost

Wildlife Pictures Institute, I.R.I.B.
Tehran, Iran

Presentation: Biodiversity of Iran. Conservation programs of the Asiatic Cheetah and the Persian Leopard


3:15-4:00 – Samir Jung Thapa
Producer, Director & Producer Clikman Productions & World Wildlife Fund, Nepal
Kathmandu, Nepal
Presentation: Filming Snow Leopards in the Himalaya of Nepal

4:15-5:00 pm -- Boanna Owens

Conservation Biologist, The Jane Goodall Institute and Fernan-Van Gorilla Project

Presentation: Integration of Diversity into Chimpanzee Habitat in Uganda and Gombe National Park, Tanzania.