Ecology Expert to Discuss Diversity and Conservation at Canisius

January 10, 2018


BUFFALO, NY – J. Drew Lanham, PhD, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, will give a lecture entitled “Home Range: Finding Commonality and Cause in Connecting Birds and Humans for Conservation,” on Thursday, January 18 at 7 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. Lanham’s talk will be followed by a book signing for his latest release, The Home Place Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature.  The event is free and open to the public.

As a Black American, Lanham is intrigued with how culture and ethnic prisms can bend perceptions of nature and its care. His “connecting the conservation dots” and “coloring the conservation conversation” messages are delivered internationally.

In his 20 years with the Clemson University faculty, Lanham works to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. He holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. In his teaching, research and outreach roles, Lanham seeks to translate conservation science to make it relevant to others in ways that are evocative and understandable.

Lanham strongly believes that conservation must be a blending of head and heart, rigorous science and evocative art. He is active on a number of conservation boards including the SC Wildlife Federation, South Carolina Audubon, Aldo Leopold Foundation, BirdNote and the American Birding Association. Lanham is a fellow of the Clemson University Institute for Parks and was most recently named a 2016 Brandwein Fellow for his work in environmental education.

Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild, wandering soul. His first solo work, The Home Place-Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature (Milkweed Editions, Minneapolis MN) was published in 2016.

For more information, call Christy Hoffman, PhD, assistant professor of animal behavior, ecology and conservation at (716) 888-2775.         

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.