The Challenges of Protecting Unpopular Species: Snakes

Join us this Thursday for the Environmental Studies Lunch & Learn!

This week’s ENVS Lunch & Learn will be presented by Dr. Thomas French,  PhD, Assistant Director, Division of Fish and Wildlife, Tufts University. More info here.

Snakes poster Description of the Presentation: A core responsibility of state and federal fish and wildlife agencies is to protect and manage native species. Ecologically, and in the eyes of Massachusetts law, all state-listed Endangered Species should be treated equally, but this is still not the case in the court of public opinion. Dr. French will discuss the unique case of snakes, a fear of which is share by more American adults than any other fear. It raises the question of what role, if any, should emotional species bias play in the policies of a science-based agency. Ecologically, the Bald Eagle is no more or less important than the Timber Rattlesnake, but protecting one is popular, and protecting the other is not.


Rabb Room, Lincoln Filene Center, Medford Campus
12 pm – 1 pm. Lunch Provided!
Join us for this weekly, TIE-sponsored ENVS event!

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Every week during the academic year, ENVS features speakers from government, industry, academia and non-profit organizations to give presentations on environmental topics. This is a great opportunity to broaden your knowledge beyond the curriculum, meet other faculty and students and network with the speakers. See a full list of the upcoming speakers here!

Students, faculty, staff, and members of the community are welcome to attend.

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