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Why Gorongosa Park Matters at Boise State

Boise State’s top-flight faculty members and professional colleagues have advanced the growth and understanding of Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique. The work they’re leading impacts the long-term efforts to ecologically restore this iconic African park and to economically elevate its surrounding communities.

Boise State University faculty members and honored guests will share their insights and work during this informative session about these monumental and truly unique efforts.

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Meet Our Experts

  • Greg Carr

    Greg Carr

    Philanthropist and Founder and President of the Gregory C. Carr Foundation and Gorongosa Restoration Project Inc.

    In 1986, Idaho native Greg Carr co-founded Boston Technology, Africa Online and chaired Prodigy, a global internet service provider. He later dedicated himself to humanitarian activities and formed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, the Museum of Idaho and was an early supporter of the Anne Frank Memorial. In 2008, Greg signed a 20-year agreement with the government of Mozambique to restore and co-manage the country’s flagship park, Gorongosa National Park. The restoration has been chronicled by National Geographic Television and was featured on the CBS program “60 Minutes.”

    In 2015 Carr received an honorary doctoral degree from Boise State University. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in history from Utah State University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

    In 1986, Idaho native Greg Carr co-founded Boston Technology, Africa Online and chaired Prodigy, a global internet service provider. He later dedicated himself to humanitarian activities and formed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University, the Museum of Idaho and was an early supporter of the Anne Frank Memorial. In 2008, Greg signed a 20-year agreement with the government of Mozambique to restore and co-manage the country’s flagship park, Gorongosa National Park. The restoration has been chronicled by National Geographic Television and was featured on the CBS program “60 Minutes.”

    In 2015 Carr received an honorary doctoral degree from Boise State University. Greg has a bachelor’s degree in history from Utah State University and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

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    Jay Carlisle

    Intermountain Bird Observatory (IBO)

    Jay Carlisle is the Research Director of IBO and an Associate Research Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State.  He has worked with the Intermountain Bird Observatory since 1996 and Jay’s research interests are focused on the stopover ecology, habitat needs, and conservation of migratory landbirds in the West and in Latin America.  In his free time, Jay enjoys birding, soccer, hiking, trying to speak Spanish, and international travel.

    Jay Carlisle is the Research Director of IBO and an Associate Research Faculty in the Department of Biological Sciences at Boise State.  He has worked with the Intermountain Bird Observatory since 1996 and Jay’s research interests are focused on the stopover ecology, habitat needs, and conservation of migratory landbirds in the West and in Latin America.  In his free time, Jay enjoys birding, soccer, hiking, trying to speak Spanish, and international travel.

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    John Ziker

    Department of Anthropology

    John P. Ziker began anthropological field research in Siberia in 1992. His research with indigenous peoples in Siberia has been featured in the journals Science, Human Nature, Human Ecology, Nomadic Peoples, and Sustainability Science. His book, Peoples of the Tundra: Northern Siberians in the Post-Communist Transition (Waveland Press, Inc.) was published in 2002. He has conducted fieldwork in the Taimyr district, the north Baikal region, and the Tuva Republic in Siberia (the Russian Federation). He is also involved in studies of higher education faculty in STEM departments and most recently initiated a longitudinal project with the Sena people in the buffer zone of Gorongosa National Park.

    John P. Ziker began anthropological field research in Siberia in 1992. His research with indigenous peoples in Siberia has been featured in the journals Science, Human Nature, Human Ecology, Nomadic Peoples, and Sustainability Science. His book, Peoples of the Tundra: Northern Siberians in the Post-Communist Transition (Waveland Press, Inc.) was published in 2002. He has conducted fieldwork in the Taimyr district, the north Baikal region, and the Tuva Republic in Siberia (the Russian Federation). He is also involved in studies of higher education faculty in STEM departments and most recently initiated a longitudinal project with the Sena people in the buffer zone of Gorongosa National Park.

  • Michael Baltzell

    Michael Baltzell

    Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing

    For the past 25 years, Michael has been a teacher and Technical Director in the Boise State University Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing where he also designs, builds and directs many of their productions.

    Michael is also deeply engaged in Boise’s theater, dance, and arts organizations, including the Boise Contemporary Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival and is a found member of the board of directors of Surel’s Place artist residence.

    Michael collaborated with Boise City Arts and History and Zoo Boise on the African Plains Exhibit and most recently collaboration with Zoo Boise on the Gorongosa Exhibit. To research the project Michael traveled to Gorongosa with Zoo Boise.

    Michael was a recipient of the Governor’s Award for excellence in the Arts in 2016. He has also received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1998, a Nell Shipman Award 1995, a fellowship grant from the ICA in 2016 and 1990 and multiple Kennedy Center / American College Theater Festival awards, and directed two BSU productions that were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

    For the past 25 years, Michael has been a teacher and Technical Director in the Boise State University Department of Theatre, Film and Creative Writing where he also designs, builds and directs many of their productions.

    Michael is also deeply engaged in Boise’s theater, dance, and arts organizations, including the Boise Contemporary Theater and Idaho Shakespeare Festival and is a found member of the board of directors of Surel’s Place artist residence.

    Michael collaborated with Boise City Arts and History and Zoo Boise on the African Plains Exhibit and most recently collaboration with Zoo Boise on the Gorongosa Exhibit. To research the project Michael traveled to Gorongosa with Zoo Boise.

    Michael was a recipient of the Governor’s Award for excellence in the Arts in 2016. He has also received the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1998, a Nell Shipman Award 1995, a fellowship grant from the ICA in 2016 and 1990 and multiple Kennedy Center / American College Theater Festival awards, and directed two BSU productions that were invited to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

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    Juliette Rubin

    Biology Graduate

    Juliette completed her BA at Oberlin College and her MS in Biology at Boise State University. At Boise State, Juliette studies topics in sensory ecology — researching how animals perceive and transmit information through their environment. Her primary focus is on predator-prey battles between bats and insects, and how predatory pressure imposed by bats over millennia has shaped the insects that we see around us today. She is passionate about her field and laboratory work and has had the wonderful opportunity to travel to multiple countries around the world to document these bat-insect interactions, including Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

    Juliette completed her BA at Oberlin College and her MS in Biology at Boise State University. At Boise State, Juliette studies topics in sensory ecology — researching how animals perceive and transmit information through their environment. Her primary focus is on predator-prey battles between bats and insects, and how predatory pressure imposed by bats over millennia has shaped the insects that we see around us today. She is passionate about her field and laboratory work and has had the wonderful opportunity to travel to multiple countries around the world to document these bat-insect interactions, including Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.