will transport Ted Talk listeners to California’s eight Channel Islands, introducing them not only to the unique animals, plants and human history that has shaped these resilient scraps of land,
but also, to the ambitious scientists who set out during the pre-WWII years to do what no one before or since has done, completely survey North America’s Galapagos Islands. Corinne Heyning Laverty is the author of North America’s Galapagos: The Historic Channel Islands Biological Survey (University of Utah Press, 2020). During the pandemic, Corinne collaborated with Road Scholar in developing a virtual Channel Islands National Park travel program for which she is the lead instructor. She is a member of the Board of Trustees, Santa Barbara Natural History Museum, a research associate and fellow at the Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County, an associate of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, and a member of the All Eight Club, a geographic organization that tracks the people who have ever set foot on all eight Channel Islands. Corinne retired from MUFG Union Bank, N.A., where she spent most of her banking career as Director and Senior Vice President.
Prior conservation related positions include: member, Board of Directors Aquarium of the Pacific (general member and finance committee), Vice Chair, Marine Conservation Research Institute, Co-Chair, Trustees of the Pacific, president American Cetacean Society Los Angeles Chapter and member of its National Board of Directors. Her published work has appeared in Lonely Planet, Western North American Naturalist, Eco Traveler, WhaleWatcher, Pacific Currents and Hippocampus Magazine, among other publications.
Corinne holds a B.S. in Business from the University of Virginia and a M.B.A. from the University of Southern California. She is happily married and has four adult children. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx