Paul Smith's College Fisheries and Wildlife Seminar Series kicks off with Stephanie Ratcliffe

PAUL SMITHS, NY (02/07/2014)(readMedia)-- The executive director of the Wild Center will give a talk at Paul Smith's College Friday, Feb. 14.

Stephanie Ratcliffe will speak at 10:10 a.m. in the Freer Auditorium. The talk, titled "Opportunities and challenges in nonprofit environmental education," will highlight her experience in that field.

Ratcliffe began working for the Wild Center in 2002 and took the director position in 2007. Before that, she headed up the exhibits effort at the Maryland Science Center on Baltimore's Inner Harbor.

Two more talks will follow Ratcliffe's this semester:

On Friday, March 28, Kevin Clayton, of the Massachusetts Environmental Police will team up with Keith Williams and Paul Hilli of the Connecticut State Environmental Conservation Police for a talk titled "Perspectives of the Job from Three Conservation Officers."

On Friday, April 18, Fran Sandmeier, an assistant professor at Lindenwood University in Missouri will give a talk titled "Wildlife Disease and Immunology in Mojave Desert Tortoises."

All seminars take place from 10:10-11 a.m. in the Freer Auditorium. They are free and open to the public.

For the past seven years, Paul Smith's College has hosted a different professional fisheries and wildlife biologist each month as part of the series, which is sponsored by the fisheries and wildlife science program. The talk on March 28 is cosponsored by Paul Smith's College Career Services and Student Life.


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