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February 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Nature Night: Environmental Justice Through Music Making and Bird Watching

Virtual Event


Historically redlined neighborhoods are the most undersampled urban areas for bird biodiversity today, which can impact conservation priorities and further urban environmental inequities. Diego Ellis Soto’s research in this area goes beyond the traditional extent of STEM and takes a deep look into the role of humans in shaping the past, present, and future of our natural world. Working toward a more equitable sampling of biodiversity data, he proposes an innovative educational concept combining technology, music-making, and bird watching.

Diego Ellis Soto Nature Night

About Diego

Diego Ellis Soto is a Uruguayan Ph.D. candidate in Ecology at Yale University and a NASA FINESST Future Investigator. Working at the intersection of ecology, technology, conservation, and environmental justice, he researches how animals move across the world under increasing human threats and a changing climate. In addition, he is increasingly interested in how our access to biodiversity data is shaped by our socioeconomic status and how past and present social inequalities amplify current disparities in environmental sciences. Diego is also a music producer, blending sounds from biological concepts and technologies with music theory by, for example, making eight termites jam together or installing microphones on an urban farm to make farm birds sing a song. Diego’s work has been covered by numerous news outlets, including The New York Times, Forbes, BBC, ABC News, the Spanish news outlet EFE and more.


February 13
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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