Why should biological diversity matter? The Bat Man of Mexico has some ideas

Dr. Rodrigo A. Medellín, a senior professor of ecology at the National University of Mexico known as the “Bat Man of Mexico,” spoke Thursday afternoon, Oct. 22, on Stetson’s Gulfport campus. His presentation on “How to Do Conservation Science, Implement It, and Not Die Trying” was part of Stetson’s public Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture series. Dr. Medellín is the past president of the Society for the Conservation of Biology.

Dr. Rodrigo Medellín spoke at Stetson Law on Oct. 22.

Dr. Rodrigo Medellín spoke at Stetson Law on Oct. 22.

“There are a few messages that I hope that students are going to get,” Dr. Medellín said. “Number one is that biological diversity is an absolute need for everyone’s lives right now. Number two: they have a stake in it and they have something to do about it. They can easily get engaged in improving the situation where biodiversity loss is happening. And three: use the messages of the lecture for everyday life: thinking outside of the box, getting out of your comfort zone, getting engaged with politicians. I think with those messages, the lecture is going to be well rounded so that people know what to do and that they can actually have fun in the process.”

Stetson’s Edward and Bonnie Foreman Biodiversity Lecture series brings distinguished speakers to campus to discuss a wide range of environmental issues. The Institute for Biodiversity Law and Policy at Stetson regularly hosts international speakers and conferences and coordinates courses, seminars and internships on topics including wetland law and policy, environmental law, natural resources and international environmental law.

For more information, visit www.stetson.edu/law/international/biodiversity.