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Public Lecture Series featuring Darron Collins

Conserving the World’s Largest Salmonid in the Land of Genghis Khan

This event will be streamed live. Please visit our Live Stream page at 7pm on the evening of the event to view the lecture for free.

The taimen is a voracious freshwater predator and one of the most remarkable freshwater fish in the world. At one time, taimen (Hucho taimen) could be found in large rivers from Eastern Europe to the shores of Hokkaido, Japan. Today taimen are confined to several rivers in Mongolia. Beginning in 2006, Dr. Darron Collins led a project with the World Wildlife Fund to help restore taimen numbers in the Onon River Basin, the headwaters of the mighty Amur River – the longest undammed river in the Eastern Hemisphere.

Beginning with an exploration of the highest tributaries of the Onon along the slopes of Burkhan Khaldun, Mongolia’s most sacred mountain, he embarked on a long and successful journey to restore taimen numbers while simultaneously bringing economic benefit to six local communities in northeastern Mongolia.

Following a detailed explanation of the who, what, where, how and why of this conservation success story, Dr. Collins will link audiences via Skype with my friend and colleague Gankuyag Balbar – known as Gaana in the region. Gaana and Collins will discuss the most current status of taimen in the Onon watershed, contemporary hurdles, and also think about the future of the fish and the people who call the Onon home.
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Dr. Darron Collins is the president and an alumnus of the College of the Atlantic. He lives in Bar Harbor, Maine with his wife Karen, his daughters Maggie and Molly, and his dog Lucy. Following his 1992 graduation from COA, Darron won a prestigious Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, which brought him to the most isolated corners of South America. That experience piqued his love for Latin America and inspired him to pursue a PhD in anthropology. As a doctoral candidate he spent two years living, working, and learning among the Q'eqchi' Maya of Guatemala.

In 2001 Darron graduated from Tulane and took a post at the World Wildlife Fund. For ten years he managed large conservation programs for WWF in the Amazon, Mongolia, and the Russian Far East. In addition to publishing widely on conservation, he became a key spokesperson and strategist for WWF. In 2011 he came back to COA as president and has worked with faculty, staff, students, alumni, trustees, donors, and partners to make the college one of the most dynamic, innovative institutions in the world of higher education.

Date: October 26, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Lecture

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: Free

Guest Ticket Price: $20

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Free for EC Student Members, $5 w/ a valid Student ID

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