Africa's Elephant Problem: Probably Not What You Think

Elizabeth Willott
University of Arizona
October 2nd, 2003, 4:00 to 5:00 pm
Bentley 227

elizabeth_willott_2003Elephants: intelligent, self-aware, social, and possessing communication skills that we are just beginning to understand. Using human interactions with elephants as an example, I examine what’s required to view humans as part of an ecosystem. Or–put more plainly–why we can’t just “let nature be.” Given that, what constitutes suitable respect for elephants, for humans, and for the ecosystems we share.

Elizabeth Willott, Ph.D. Biochemistry, did post-doctoral work at Yale, Duke, and Kansas State University before moving to the University of Arizona in 1996. She is an Assistant Professor in the Entomology Department. Her laboratory work addresses insect immune responses and mosquito ecology. She also publishes on environmental ethics, including a book Environmental Ethics: What really matters, What really works, co-edited with David Schmidtz. She enjoys hiking, photography, stimulating conversation, and teaching introductory biology, environmental ethics, and insect physiology. In 1999 and in 2001, she and David Schmidtz went to Africa to study wildlife conservation; another trip is currently being planned for 2005.

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