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Renowned CSU research scientist Robin Reid discusses new book 'Savannas of our Birth'

March 29, 2013

The public is invited to a reception honoring renowned CSU research scientist Robin Reid and her new book, "Savannas of Our Birth: People, Wildlife, and Change in East Africa," from 4-6 p.m. on April 2 in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability's Room 108 Johnson Hall.

Robin Reid receives a gift from the Maasai at a special ceremony honoring the Maasai's contributions to her collaborative research. Reid presented each of the Maasai community researchers with a copy of her book, and they signed her personal copy.The event will include refreshments, live readings by Reid, and copies of the book will be available for purchase, with proceeds from sales at the event being donated to the Maasai People and efforts to support their community through wildlife.

Compelling story

This is Reid’s first book as a solo author, and it conveys the compelling story of the role that East African savannas played in human’s evolution and the relationships between communities, livelihoods, and wildlife in the region - and how this is changing as climates warm, the world globalizes and populations grow.

Reid has spent decades living and researching conservation issues in East Africa, and her book illustrates her vision for conservation solutions that find middle ground on benefiting both humans and wildlife – not one over the other. Her book explores the evidence that herding may be compatible with wildlife and that pastoral land use not only enriches savanna landscapes but encourages biodiversity. Reid’s balanced, scientific and accessible examination of the current state of the relationships among the region’s wildlife and people holds critical lessons for the future of conservation around the world.

Center for Collaborative Conservation

Reid is director of the Center for Collaborative Conservation, an initiative of CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources.  She also has been a senior research scientist in the Natural Resource Ecology Lab since 2002, and is on the faculty of the Department of Human Dimensions of Natural Resources, the Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship, and the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability. 

About the book

Reid’s book was selected by the UC Press Foundation earlier this year to be included in the Author's Imprint. Authors Imprint is an endowment by UC Press Foundation that funds important books by first time authors and is designed to encourage and preserve irreplaceable contributions to the world of ideas for generations to come. 

For more information about “Savannas of Our Birth,” visit the book website.