OUR CONSERVATION COHORT
For seniors Don Boddie and Molly Richardson and junior Abby Ray, the 2017-2018 school year includes months of research, travel, and conversation as they strive to comprehend issues of conservation at home and abroad.
Selected as the fourth class of Isdell Global Leaders (IGLs) following a competitive application process, these students have been charged with bringing back to Pace their findings and observations and leading their classmates in improving conservation efforts at Pace and in their own lives.
ICGL Director Trish Anderson, Associate ICGL Director Zeena Lattouf and Upper School science teacher Kevin Ballard are working with our IGLs in an independent study course, preparing them for two conservation-themed study tours.
The group’s adventures begin in Yellowstone National Park, home to 60 percent of the world’s geysers and an array of wildlife. In recent years, America’s first national park has undertaken conservation efforts related to water, energy, fossil fuel consumption, recycling, environmental purchasing and waste reduction—and IGLs will learn from leaders championing these efforts within Yellowstone.
Then, on a spring study tour to Baja, Mexico, IGLs will dive into conservation initiatives related to the area’s rich marine life, much of which is now protected as part of the Pacific Islands Biosphere Reserve, established in 2016 along the peninsula’s western coast.
- Engineering Eden by Jordan Fisher Smith
- The Rise of the American Conservation Movement by Dorceta E. Taylor
- The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
- The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert
- Light at the Edge of the World: A Journey Through the Realm of Vanishing Cultures by Wade Davis
- Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland by Miriam Horn