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January 25, 2022

PPH Forum: Dr. Haley Mellin & Dr. Steven Brumby on Land Conservation & Biodiversity Visualization

Join us on Tuesday, January 25th at 12:00 p.m. ET in conversation with Dr. Haley Mellin, founder of Art-to-Acres and Conserve.org, artist, and researcher AND Dr. Steven Brumby CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Impact Observatory as we discuss innovative approaches to large-scale conservation, biodiversity’s role in planetary health, and using visualization to support these goals. 

This is the first Pathways to Planetary Health (PPH) Forum event of 2022 and focuses on our first pathway, Half-Earth. Half-Earth describes the required lands we, collectively, most conserve in biodiversity rich areas and connecting corridors to stabilize life and climate health on the planet, and emphasizes 50% of terrestrial and ocean conservation by 2050. Half-Earth is one necessary component of planetary health, but not singularly sufficient. Learn about all four pathways and other PPH events here.

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 12:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday January 25, 2021. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of registration. Please email us at events@garrisoninstitute.org with questions.


Dr. Haley Mellin, is a painter based in San Francisco, California who focuses on environmental sustainability. She founded Art to Acres to support permanent large-scale land conservation on behalf of artists, collectors, galleries and institutions. The initiative has supported 22 million acres of land conservation with a focus on biodiversity, deep carbon stores and indigenous-led designations. Mellin co-founded Conserve.org; the MOCA Environmental Council, Los Angeles; Art and Climate Action, San Francisco and Artists Commit, New York. Recent exhibitions include Hudson House, New York; The Journal, New York; Alexander Berggruen, New York; F Houston, Texas; Shoulder, Los Angeles; MoMA Ps1, New York; Bischoff Projects, Germany; Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens, Belgium and Museo Pino Pascali, Italy. Mellin received a Rhizome commission from the New Museum, New York.

Dr. Steven P. Brumby is the CEO/CTO and Co-Founder of Impact Observatory. Steve directed geographic visualization at National Geographic Society, is a Senior Fellow with World Resources Institute, and serves on the DOI/NGAC Landsat Advisory Group. Steve was the CTO/Co-Founder of Descartes Labs, a venture-backed tech start-up focused on forecasting agriculture and resources, and a scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory where he was a co-inventor of the GENIE image analysis genetic algorithm. He received his Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Melbourne (Australia), and has over 100 science papers and journal articles. 

Jonathan F.P. Rose’s business, public policy, and not-for-profit work focus on creating a more environmentally, socially, and economically responsible world. Jonathan and his wife Diana Calthorpe Rose are the co-founders of the Garrison Institute. He serves on its Board and leads its Pathways to Planetary Health program.

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