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Conservation Stories Podcast

The IIC's Conservation Stories podcast expands a traditional understanding of conservation through storytelling that amplifies multiple perspectives on conservation. Podcast Logo with name

The podcast provides listeners with the knowledge and tools to contribute to conservation efforts, while engaging listeners in local and global conservation dialogue.

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Season One: The Pamunkey Tribe, Past, Present and Future. 

This season highlights experiences, perspectives, and ideas about conservation from the Pamunkey Tribe, which has lived, farmed, hunted and traded with other tribes across much of central and eastern Virginia for more than 10,000 years (, and takes a look at the Tribe's past, present and potential future conservation approaches.

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Episode 1: The Past

In the first episode of our first series, we speak with Pamunkey Tribal Member Ashley Spivey to understand the historical context of the Tribe’s relationship with natural and cultural resources. We learn how the Tribe’s mutually beneficial relationship with these resources has helped them persevere before, during, and after colonization. 

Episode 2: The Present
In Episode 2, we take a closer look at the Pamunkey Tribe’s dynamic and complex relationship with the American Shad. Dr. Troy Tuckey of the Virginia Institute of Marine Science joins us to explain the science behind the decline of this important fish species.
Episode 3: The Future
On the final episode of the season, coastal policy expert Elizabeth Armistead Andrews teaches us how climate change and development are altering the Chesapeake Bay area, including the Pamunkey Tribe’s Reservation lands. Ashley Spivey shares her hope for the future of the Tribe.
Season Two: Trailblazing Women in Conservation

This season highlights experiences, perspectives, and ideas from diverse women in conservation to raise awareness about the need for gender equity, and showcases approaches for breaking down barriers to gender equity in the field. The trio of episodes features the stories and comments of three engaging women: Jill Tiefenthaler, the CEO of National Geographic, Niquole Esters, the senior director of development at Conservation International, and Christine Wilkinson, a Postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and a Co-founder of Black Mammalogists Week. 

Produced by Anne Turner ’22 and Professor Dorothy Ibes

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Episode 1

In episode one we explore topics related to gender equity in conservation with an emphasis on imposter syndrome, how the pandemic creates an opportunity for change in the work place, and tips for succeeding in the work place while balancing the role of being a mother. Jill Tiefenthaler, the CEO of the National Geographic Society, joins us to discuss her experience as a women in conservation, as well as highlight opportunities within National Geographic and how to get involved.

Hosted by Anne Turner
Episode 2

In episode two we are joined by Niquole Esters to learn about her experience as a woman in conservation and the intersection of gender and race in the work places, how conservation efforts benefit from the inclusion of women and how to break down barriers to entry and promotions in conservation organizations. Niquole is the Senior Director of Development at Conservation International, and she has a passion for the ocean and geopolitics.

Hosted by Anne Turner
Episode 3
For the final episode of season two, we are joined by Christine Wilkinson, a Postdoctoral researcher at UC Berkeley and a Co-founder of Black Mammalogists Week. She takes a dive into how modern conservation is influenced by its historical roots in hunting and farming, how to navigate gender inequity during one's career, and actionable ways that conservation organizations can increase diversity and support women. Additionally, Christine talks about her role in creating Black Mammalogists Week, as well as the importance and impact of mentorship in creating opportunities for women in conservation.
Hosted by Anne Turner