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Wednesday, April 21st
1:05 PM

Session 1F The Republic of Vanuatu

Haiven Furbush, Colorado State University
Maxx Ives, Colorado State University
Yurun Jiang, Colorado State University
Lina Cao, Colorado State University

1:05 PM - 1:01 PM

Vanuatu is a chain of islands in the South Pacific.The country is highly reliant economically and culturally on the marine and coastal areas, specifically the Vanuatu Snapper (Paracaesiogonzalesi). The Vanuatu Snapper as an ecological indicator intersects closely with severa lSustainable Development Goals, including SDG 6: Clean Water and Sanitation, SDG 14: Life Below Water, and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. Ultimately, under the INDC Vanuatu is working towards these SDGs in orderto conserve the Vanuatu Snapper, protect the country's economy, and contribute to bettering the issues developing with climate change.

1:15 PM

Session 1F Applying the DPSIR Model (Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact, and Response) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (6 Clean Water and Sanitation, 13 Climate Action, and 15 Life on Land) to African Wild Dog Conservation in Namibia

Lindsey Sarazen, Colorado State University
Jorune Klisauskaite, Colorado State University
Victoria Gurevich, Colorado State University
Shannon Kirkland, Colorado State University

1:15 PM - 1:24 PM

The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is one of the most endangered mammals in the world. Namibia is predominantly a savanna biome and is one of few places left that support wild dog habitats. Because these mammals depend on extensive areas for survival, increasing land fragmentation and conflicts between humans continue to threaten their populations to near extinction in Namibia. This poster presentation will use the DPSIR model to analyze how Namibia is using the African wild dog as an ecological indicator species in relation to the three UN Sustainable Development Goals of climate action, life on land, and clean water and sanitation. It has been found that Namibian governmental agencies and community organizations have taken specific measures through climate policy, human-wildlife conflict mitigation, land protection, and public awareness programs in order to safeguard wild dog habitat and populations.

1:25 PM

Session 1F Abandoned, lost or otherwise discarded fishing gear found in trawling at Tropical Sea of Grau Piura- Peru

Barbara Grados, Universidad Nacional Agraria la Molina

1:25 PM - 1:34 PM

The impact on the ecosystem generated by marine pollution is currently a major problem that alters the natural state of our seas, largely made up of marine debris from fishing gear.

Most studies around the world on marine debris, from the 1960s to the present, report the presence of fishing gear as marine debris (Link etal., 2019). Macfyden (2011) published a report on abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear (ALDFG), determining that the most polluting gears are gillnets, traps and longlines and that they represent 10% of the world's marine litter. Which coincidentally are the most used in Peru.

1:35 PM

Session 1F Wildland Restoration Volunteers - Beaver habitat inthe North Fork of the Poudre

Kristina Bartose, Colorado State University
Cole Carbone, Colorado State University
Sarah Carter, Colorado State University
Gabby Hagewiesche, Colorado State University

1:35 PM - 1:44 PM

Our presentation is focused on habitat restoration and public outreach with private landowners living along the North Fork of the Cache La Poudre River. With a lowered population of beavers due to anthropogenic impacts, the land is degradedand needs restoration. One technique used for restoration is implementing beaver dam analogs (BDAs)for potential reintroduction. However, historical beaver-human relations prove to be a complicated issue that hold massive implications for both sides. We also plan to stress the importance of communication with landowners and how ensuring the cooperation of these landowners can benefit these projects.

1:45 PM

Session 1F Mollusks as Ecological Indicators: Environmental Sustainable Development in Slovakia

Allison Uri, Colorado State University
Cole Manning, Colorado State University
Alex Burks, Colorado State University

1:45 PM - 1:54 PM

The mollusks in Slovakia can be used as an ecological indicator connecting the UN SDGs of zero hunger, clean water & sanitation, climate action, and life on land. This investigation into Slovakia’s sustainability efforts examines the preventions for biodiversity loss, increased extreme weather, change of ecosystems, and expanding equity. Mollusks connect to ecological conservation because human activity is altering the landscape and their historical range has changed. Equity connects to mollusks through generating solutions in restructuring financial systems, empowering impoverished communities, and cleaning up natural environments. Studying the DPSIR of mollusks can be a tool for a more sustainable future.