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Symposium to mark anniversary of CESD graduate program

UGA’s Odum School of Ecology will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development graduate program with a two-day symposium.

“Looking Toward the Future of Conservation” will be held Oct. 23-24 in the ecology building. It is open to anyone interested in conservation and sustainable development. Registration is $15 per person.

Panel discussions will feature CESD alumni discussing conservation challenges and the future of conservation education from the perspectives of state and federal agencies, academia, private enterprise and nongovernmental organizations.

UGA alumna Anne Dix, deputy director of development programs in East Asia for USAID who received her doctorate in ecology in 1997, and Professor Emeritus Ron Carroll, founder of the CESD program, will deliver keynote talks Oct. 23.

The symposium also will include a “Conservation Careers Speed Dating” session on Oct. 23. During the session, students can learn about job opportunities with agencies, NGOs and the private sector in an informal setting.

The complete schedule and information on how to register is at

The Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development graduate program was established to meet the growing need for researchers and decision makers prepared to address the world’s increasingly complex environmental challenges. It combines interdisciplinary coursework with hands-on experience and thesis research. To date, more than 125 graduate students have received master’s degrees and another 120 have received CESD certificates. The program is supported in part by the President’s Venture Fund through the gifts of the University of Georgia Partners, by the Odum School of Ecology and by the UGA Parents and Families Association.