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Dr. Melissa Lucash attends Wilburforce Conference

posted May 6, 2015, 1:14 PM by Melissa Lucash   [ updated May 7, 2015, 8:55 AM ]
During the last week of April, DE&L member Dr. Melissa Lucash attended a six-day conference in Seattle as part of her Wilburforce Fellowship in Conservation Science ( The fellowship is a
year-long program to build a community of 20 conservation science leaders in universities and NGOs who excel in using science to help achieve durable conservation solutions in the western U.S. and Canada.

She attended the intensive training led by COMPASS and the Wilburforce Foundation, which provided the fellows with the experience and confidence necessary to connect more effectively with the media, policymakers, and other audiences appropriate to her research here at PSU. She also set a goal for collective engagement on a specific conservation issue, focusing on integrating climate change results in forest management planning in the Klamath region of CA and OR (

Melissa has returned from the training, exhausted, but highly motivated to more actively engage with media, policy-makers and the public. It was a great experience!

For more information about the other amazing Wilburforce fellows, visit
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