Beavers and why they matter

Free Zoom lecture by Peninsula College’s Studium Generale

Ben Goldfarb

Ben Goldfarb

PORT ANGELES — A celebration of the lives of beavers will be presented by Peninsula College’s Studium Generale program at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The free Zoom lecture by Ben Goldfarb and Robert Knapp will be available at The meeting ID is 820 2786 1421.

Goldfarb is the author of “Eager: The Surprising, Secret Life of Beavers and Why They Matter,” winner of the 2019 PEN/E.O. Wilson Literary Science Writing Award.

His published work has appeared in the Atlantic, Science, Orion Magazine and The Washington Post. He lives in Spokane with his wife, Elise, and his dog, Kit — which is also what a baby beaver is called.

Knapp is a practicing scientist who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental science from Western Washington University.

He has worked for nine years for the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe in the Natural Re-sources Department.

His work has involved salmon recovery, geospatial analysis, land use planning and natural resources planning.

He has studied the habitat of North American beavers in the Elwha Valley.

Kate Reavey, Studium Generale coordinator, will join Helen Lovejoy in this opportunity to be in dialogue with Goldfarb and Knapp, and after the curated discussion, will take questions from students and guests.

“Many thanks to Professor Helen Lovejoy for her idea and inspiration to feature the lives of beavers and to invite these two exceptional guests to offer a dialogue,” Reavey said.

Robert Knapp

Robert Knapp

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