The Ledermann Lecture in Natural History and Conservation Biology is an annual scholarly event celebrating the memory of Ingeborg and Christoph Ledermann. Chris Ledermann was a prominent New York business leader and headed the West German Chamber of Commerce in New York City. Inge Ledermann was an accomplished journalist and public relations expert. Although New York City was the center of their professional activities, Rhode Island’s natural areas were their passion and frequent weekend retreat. The Ledermanns were regular visitors to the Ocean State and avid nature lovers. Chris and Inge spent many weekends scouring our coast, estuaries, forests, and wetlands in search of interesting birds and other wildlife.
To honor the Ledermanns’ love for the natural areas of Rhode Island and their passion for protecting the environmental quality of our State, The University of Rhode Island Department of Natural Resources Science established an annual lecture — the Ledermann Lecture — to be given in the fall of each year. The topic of the lecture will be natural history or conservation of the plants, animals, and ecosystems in Rhode Island or southern New England. The annual lecture is given by a distinguished scholar in ecology or conservation science. The Ledermann Lecture is free and open to the URI community and the general public.
The Ledermann Lectures are made possible by a generous endowment from an anonymous donor to the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. The endowment is managed by the University of Rhode Island Foundation. For further information: