Plenary Speakers

Plenary Speakers


Wednesday-David P. Mindell

“Evolution and Diversity of Diurnal Raptors of the World”


David P. Mindell is an evolutionary biologist and Scholar-in-residence at the University of California at Berkeley, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology. He is a former Professor at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Director of the University of Michigan Museum of Zoology, and Dean of Science at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. He has published broadly on evolution of birds, with particular focus on the systematics and conservation of raptors. He is past-President of the Society of Systematic Biologists, and has written popular science books The Evolving World: Evolution in Everyday Life, which won the Independent Publishers Gold Medal in Science, and Radiant Life: Evolution’s New Narrative forthcoming from Princeton University Press in 2023.


Thursday-Susan Wilde

“Bald Eagle mass deaths and cyanobacteria exposure to bromide”


Susan Wilde is Associate Professor of Aquatic Sciences at the Warnell School of Forest Resources, University of Georgia. Her research interests include: ecological impacts of harmful algal blooms in freshwater and marine systems on fish and wildlife; watershed development, stormwater best management practices, and impacts on water quality; toxic cyanobacteria, invasive plants, reservoir limnology, and Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy; and interactions between invasive and endangered species and co-occurrence of pathogens and harmful algal blooms. Last year she was

a co-winner of the prestigious Newcomb Cleveland Prize for the best paper published in the journal Science in 2021. The research highlights the emerging issues posed by toxic cyanobacteria in habitats beyond lakes and reservoirs.

Friday-Robert Fletcher

“Saving the snail kite in an increasingly novel world “

Robert Fletcher is a Professor in the Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Florida. His research focuses on landscape ecology, population biology, ornithology, and conservation. He has published over 120 scientific articles and is the lead author of Spatial Ecology and Conservation Modeling (2018, Springer Publishing). He leads the range-wide monitoring effort for Everglade snail kites, providing key information on population trends and demography, as well as information for management and conservation.