The Age of Nature: NPT Conversations
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Nashville Public Television is hosting three events this fall featuring PBS’ newest ecological series THE AGE OF NATURE. Join this community conversation as we talk to and learn from environmental experts, educators and scientists about how awareness and understanding can help us learn about the impacts of our rapidly changing planet.
Clips from THE AGE OF NATURE episode three followed by a panel discussion featuring aspiring scientists from the Earth Horizons Program, a joint venture between Vanderbilt University and Tennessee State University. Terry Cook, state director at The Nature Conversancy, will moderate the discussion with these young adults will share their own research and personal accounts on changes they’ve observed in nature and how these changes may shape their future.
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Our world is governed by the rules of Nature, and we are seeing it unleash its power. As global warming accelerates, it's clear that restoring Nature is our only defense against an uncertain future. Are we ready to change our destiny?
Community Engagement Manager
- Terry Cook, State Director | The Nature Conservancy
Terry Cook is the State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Tennessee. He took the post in 2016. Cook supervises a staff of 27 who work across the state on conservation initiatives that protect and enhance the health of Tennessee’s lands and waters for the benefit of people and nature. Terry is a 25-year veteran ecologist and conservation leader who has worked both domestically and internationally seeking innovative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing environmental challenges. Prior to his work in Tennessee, Cook worked for The Nature Conservancy for more than 20 years in a number of capacities, ranging from Bioreserve Ecologist in Texas, to Director of Science for the Eastern U.S. Region of the Conservancy.
- Amaris Daniels
Amaris Daniels received her Bachelors of Science from Tennessee State University. She majored in Agriculture, with a focus in biotechnology. As an undergraduate researcher, Amaris worked with talented teams on various projects. During her senior year, Amaris conducted a study on a bacterium meant to efficiently expedite the biofuel process. Joining Earth Horizons, a joint program between Tennessee State University and Vanderbilt University, she participated in a 3-week, geology field course. For hands-on insight on global agriculture, she traveled Asia for 6 months through IFYE USA. Amaris is honored to be a part of PBSs The Age of Nature series.
- Isaiah Bolden, Ph.D. candidate in oceanography | University Washington, Seattle
I’m actually originally from Nashville! I’m currently finishing up a PhD in Oceanography at the University of Washington in Seattle where my research focuses on the health and dynamics of modern day coral reef ecosystems under various climate-related stressors. In January, I will be back in Nashville to take a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Vanderbilt University’s Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. I will be working closely on a project that tries to further our understanding of how things like corals and speleothems (stalagmites/stalactites in caves) act as complementary marine and terrestrial archives of past climate change for a particular region (I’ll be focusing on the Caribbean). It's a sweet opportunity to return to my hometown, expand my research interests, and address local issues with environmental science literacy and climate change resilience that I observed throughout my upbringing.
- Shakarah Nelson
Shakarah Nelson is a recent graduate from Tennessee State University. She received her B.S in Agricultural Sciences with a concentration in Environmental Sciences. While at TSU, she conducted multiple research projects and field studies focused on the production of toxins in cyanobacteria. Shakarah is currently taking a gap where she is exploring digital entrepreneurship. During her free time, she enjoys traveling and community service. After her gap year, she plans to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Management. In the future Shakarah hopes to become an Executive Sustainable Director and start a non-profit for minority women in STEM.
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