Explore the remarkable ways people around the world are adapting to our changing planet with environmental anthropologist and filmmaker Alizé Carrère. Dive into the South Pacific waters of Vanuatu, where islanders are using innovative techniques to combat outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish that threaten the surrounding reefs. In Bangladesh, discover how farmers in low-lying areas are reviving an old agricultural technique—floating gardens—that has inspired other floating infrastructure, including schools, libraries, hospitals, and playgrounds. And travel to the mountainous desert of Ladakh in northern India to glimpse giant ice pyramids, or “ice stupas,” invented by a Ladakhi teacher and engineer to help the community preserve its scarce freshwater resources. Through her work documenting these stories, Carrère offers a hopeful look at the resilience, perseverance, and innovation of humankind under even the most difficult of conditions.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Alizé Carrère is a National Geographic Explorer, filmmaker, and PhD candidate researching and documenting human adaptations to environmental change. In 2013, Carrère received support from National Geographic to conduct research in Madagascar, where she spent several months uncovering an unlikely agricultural adaptation in response to severe deforestation. Learning of farmers who were turning erosional gullies into fertile pockets of farmland, her work evolved into a broader film and educational project on human resilience. She brings her social science background and extensive field experience to her filmmaking, with the goal of elevating the human dimensions of climate change. Carrère received both her B.A. and M.Sc. from McGill University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the University of Miami where she is examining the relationship between architecture, climate change, and ecological urban utopias.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Dr. McDonald recently began working as the Director of Conservation for the South Carolina Aquarium. She is focusing work on their priority conservation issues of improving resilience of coastal communities in the face of sea level rise, reducing plastic pollution, empowering citizen scientists, participating in research and field work, and supporting local, sustainable seafood. As a Senior Fisheries Scientist for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch program, Sara led work on bycatch and managed the collaborative Seafood Social Risk Tool, a tool that assesses the risk of forced labor, human trafficking, and hazardous child labor in seafood value chains. Prior to joining the Seafood Watch team, Sara served as program manager for the Duke University Marine Laboratory. She also was a marine research associate for the Florida manatee program at the State of Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, and a fisheries biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service. She currently holds a visiting scholar appointment at the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and she serves on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee for NOAA Fisheries.
Dr. McDonald received her BS in zoology at Duke University, her MS in marine biology at the Florida Institute of Technology, and her PhD in marine science and conservation policy at Duke University.”
Top banner Canyonlands photo by Taylor Marshall. Alizé Carrère Madagascar photo by Sally Gee.
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