All About Bears: North Carolina & Beyond with Dr. Stuart Pimm and Joe Folta
In the new documentary Pandas, the technique of panda reintroduction is inspired by a program in New Hampshire that has successfully reintroduced more than 100 black bears into the wild. Black bears, featured in Pandas, are endemic to North Carolina and one of our state’s most fascinating mammals. Join us at Marbles to learn more about pandas and black bears, explore what makes them unique and how we can help protect their habitats, their importance to our ecosystem and how studying bears can lead to amazing scientific advancements.
About Dr. Stuart Pimm:
Dr. Stuart Pimm is a world leader in the study of present day extinctions and what can be done to prevent them. His research covers the reasons why species become extinct, how fast they do so, the global patterns of habitat loss and species extinction and, importantly, the management consequences of this research. Dr. Pimm is the author of over 270 scientific papers and four books. The Institute of Scientific Information has ranked him as one of the most highly cited environmental scientists for over a decade. Dr. Pimm has covered giant pandas extensively in his research and has written a half-dozen articles focused on giant pandas.
About Joe Folta:
Joe Folta began studying black bears over 30 years ago beginning with an internship with the Pennsylvania Game Commissions. Since then, he was employed by the Pennsylvania Game Commission as a Wildlife Technician on the black bear program. He completed his M.S. degree at the University of Tennessee on a black bear ecology study at Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and Dare County Bombing Range in North Carolina, and is currently finishing his Ph.D. at the SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (ESF). His current research involves determining how quickly the range of black bears is spreading from the Mountains and the Coast into the Piedmont of North Carolina, predicting where and when black bears will establish themselves in the Piedmont, and developing a better way to estimate the population size.