February 3, 2004
CONTACT: Mike Stepanovich, 661/664-2456 or mstepanovich@csub.edu

A renowned field biologist will address the topic "Ethics, Conservation and Field Biology" during a lecture sponsored by the Kegley Institute of Ethics at California State University, Bakersfield.

Phil Pister will explore ethical issues involving endangered species and the inevitable clash with development during his lecture on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. in the CSUB Student Union multi-purpose room. Admission and parking are free for the event.

“Conservation issues are obviously a hot topic locally, given the plethora of endangered animals and plants in our service region and the potential conflict between protecting such species and the incredible rate of development, especially housing development, in Kern County,” said Christopher Meyer, CSUB philosophy professor and director of the Kegley Institute of Ethics. “Phil Pister has exceptional insights into these issues, and he is an internationally recognized expert. I’m sure attendees will find that Mr. Pister provides considerable food for thought.”

Pister retired in February 1990 following 38 years as a fishery biologist with the California Department of Fish and Game. He studied wildlife conservation and zoology at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees. He spent virtually his entire career supervising aquatic management and research within an area encompassing a thousand waters of the eastern Sierra/desert regions of California, ranging from the 14,000 foot crest of the Sierra Nevada to the floor of Death Valley below sea level.

He founded and serves as executive secretary of the Desert Fishes Council and is involved in desert ecosystem preservation throughout the American Southwest and adjoining areas of Mexico. He holds special interest in the fields of conservation biology and environmental ethics and has served on the Board of Governors of the American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists and of the Society for Conservation Biology.

He also serves on the President's Advisory Committee of the University of California's system-wide White Mountain Research Station. He teaches regularly at the National Conservation Training Center (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) in West Virginia, has lectured at more than 70 universities in North America and the United Kingdom, and has written 74 published papers and book chapters.

For details, please call (661) 665-6303.