Keynote Speaker

We were thrilled to welcome Curt Meine as our 2014 keynote speaker. Dr. Meine is a conservation biologist, historian, and writer.  He serves as a Senior Fellow with the Aldo Leopold Foundation in Baraboo, Wisconsin and with the Chicago-based Center for Humans and Nature.  He is a Research Associate with the International Crane Foundation, also located in Baraboo, and Associate Adjunct Professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology.

Meine received his B.A. in English and History from DePaul University in Chicago and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Land Resources from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  His work has involved projects across Europe, Asia, and North America, with a wide array of conservation organizations, agencies, universities, and businesses. At home in Sauk County, Wisconsin he devotes his time to local land conservation, ecological restoration, and sustainable agriculture projects, and is a founding member of the Sauk Prairie Conservation Alliance.

Meine is the author and editor of several books on conservation biology and environmental history.  His award-winning biography Aldo Leopold:  His Life and Work (University of Wisconsin Press) was reissued in a new edition in 2010. Meine is a past member of the board of governors of the Society for Conservation Biology and has served on the editorial boards of the journals Conservation Biology and Environmental Ethics.  In 2004 he was named one of six recipients of the Bay and Paul Foundation’s Biodiversity Leadership Award.  Most recently he has appeared as the narrator and on-screen guide of the documentary film Green Fire:  Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time (2011).  In March 2013 the Library of America published his edited collection of Leopold’s writings, Aldo Leopold: A Sand County Almanac and Other Writings on Conservation and Ecology.