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Hawaiian Ecological Restoration Is Focus Of Talk – Brevard NC


Robert Cabin

“Restoring Paradise” is the subject of a talk by Robert Cabin, associate professor of ecology and environmental studies at Brevard College. He will be speaking at the Thursday, Sept. 26, meeting of the Pisgah group of the Sierra Club in Brevard.

Dr. Cabin will discuss the emerging science and art of ecological restoration — assisting the recovery of degraded species and ecosystems and creating more meaningful and sustainable relationships between humans and nature.

Cabin has written numerous articles for professional and general audiences on the scientific, socio-economic, and philosophical challenges and opportunities associated with doing ecological restoration in the messy real world.

He has also authored two books on the subject: “Intelligent Tinkering: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Practice” (Island Press, 2011) and “Restoring Paradise: Rethinking and Rebuilding Nature in Hawai’I” (University of Hawaii Press, 2013).

Cabin will discuss “Restoring Paradise” Sept. 26 at the Sierra Club meeting in Brevard.

Cabin has been on the faculty at Brevard College since 2005 and coordinates the college’s environmental studies major. Before coming to Brevard, he taught at Kenyon College and The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

After graduate school, Cabin lived and worked in Hawaii as a post-doctoral fellow in restoration ecology at the National Tropical Botanical Garden and as a research ecologist for the U.S. Forest Service.

The meeting will be held at the Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship Church on South Broad Street at Varsity Street, one block south of the library in Brevard. There will be light refreshments with socializing at 7 p.m. The meeting starts at 7:30.

Non-members are welcome; Sierra Club meetings are open to all. For more information, call 877-4070.


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