Dale L. Travis Lecture Series

Fall 2016 Lecture
Restoring the Giant Tortoise Dynasties of Galapagos

October 18, 2016

Dr. James Gibbs

The Dale L. Travis Public Lecture Series presented “Restoring the Giant Tortoise Dynasties of Galapagos” at the Gateway Center on the SUNY ESF campus. ESF Professor James Gibbs discussed his work on the tortoises of the Galapagos Islands.

Dr. Gibbs, an internationally recognized scientist, has traveled to the Galapagos over 45 times to collaborate with the Galapagos National Park to restore populations of giant tortoises and the important ecosystem services they provide. Giant tortoises are among the most devastated of all Galapagos creatures but are now undergoing strong recovery thanks to concerted efforts by biologists and park managers. Dr. Gibbs presented a talk for the general public about the difficult but exciting work integrating science and management over two decades to restore these icons of a world famous biodiversity hotspot.

A reception followed the lecture.

The event was sponsored by the Dale L. Travis Public Lecture Series at SUNY ESF.

More on James Gibbs

James P. Gibbs (Yale ’95, University of Missouri ’88, University of Maine ‘86), Professor of Conservation Biology and Director of the Roosevelt Wild Life Station at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), is an internationally recognized scholar, scientist, and author. Among his many important writings are The Amphibians and Reptiles of New York State (Oxford Press) and The Fundamentals of Conservation Biology (Blackwell Science). Dr. Gibbs is also a member of the General Assembly of the Charles Darwin Foundation, recently served as “Wise Sage” for the Republic of Ecuador (advising on conservation science in the Galapagos Islands), and is Vice Chair of the Altai (Siberia) Assistance Project. Gibbs’ research activities have most recently focused on use of wildlife by indigenous people in Guyana, conservation of Tanzania’s endemic amphibians, evolution and conservation of Galapagos tortoises, and development of anti-poaching technologies for deployment in remote areas. His anti-poaching work in the Russian Altai centers on snow leopards and their equally endangered prey, argali sheep. At SUNY ESF, Gibbs teaches Conservation Biology and Herpetology.

Contact for event: Catherine Landis

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Dale L. Travis

Ten years after graduating from ESF (Wood Products Engineering '59), Dale Travis was transferred to New York City by U.S. Plywood. Shortly thereafter, Dale founded his own business, Dale Travis Associates Inc. (DTA) to produce fine architectural signage. DTA works with some of the most prominent architects and graphic designers in the world. Its exterior and interior signs distinguish corporate buildings and museums across the country. Recent museum projects include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, the Rose Center (Hayden Planetarium), and the Morgan Library & Museum. DTA were privileged to carve the cornerstones for 1 World Trade Center and 4 World Trade Center. DTA are a member of the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers. The Dale L. Travis Lecture Series is intended to inform the public about the incredible research going on at ESF in many different fields of study.



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