CLEMSON — Renowned ecologist and geographer Lee Talbot will be the featured speaker at Clemson University’s George B. Hartzog Jr. Environmental Lecture Series Monday.

Talbot will speak on “International Conservation: Some Historical Perspective and Vignettes of a Career” at 2 p.m. at the Strom Thurmond Institute.

The annual lecture series is presented by Clemson’s parks, recreation and tourism management department to showcase leading figures in the field of conservation. The lecture series, and an accompanying awards program, is named for Hartzog, the seventh director of the National Park Service.

Talbot, whose work spans six decades and 134 countries, is a professor in the environmental science and policy department at George Mason University.

He has served as chief scientist and foreign affairs director of the President’s Council on Environmental Quality for three U.S. Presidents, head of environmental sciences for the Smithsonian Institution, director-general of the International Union for Conservation of Nature and senior environmental adviser to the World Bank and U.N. organizations.

A prolific researcher and shaper of international environmental policy, Talbot also conducted pioneering ecological research on the Serengeti-Mara Plains of East Africa.

Talbot’s lecture is free and open to the public.


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