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Jared Wolfe, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
School of Forest Resources
& Environmental Science
Presentation Title: Exploration and conservation in the country least known to science: an introduction to Equatorial Guinea
Abstract: Equatorial Guinea is arguably the country least known to science. Situated in a central African biodiversity hotspot, Equatorial Guinea’s vast tracks of rainforest host a dizzying array of birds and mammal species. The discovery of massive oil reserves within the country’s political boundaries has fueled recent and pervasive development which now presents an urgent conservation problem: the loss of undescribed populations, communities, and species of wildlife before they are even discovered. Recognizing the immediate and pressing conservation challenges in Equatorial Guinea, a diverse team of biologists created “Biodiversity Initiative”, a non-profit organization focused on guiding sustainable development and the protection of threatened habitats and species in central Africa. Co-founding member, Jared Wolfe, will present on the unique political, cultural, and ecological landscape of Equatorial Guinea, and how Biodiversity Initiative works with local governmental and private organizations to explore remote areas, describe the country’s rich wildlife, and protect the most vulnerable species from poaching and habitat destruction.