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Can we save biodiversity from climate change? Jessica Hellman, Oct 21, 2015

October 21, 2015IASEvents0

Can we save biodiversity from climate change?

Wednesday, October 21, 12:00-1:00pm
Best Buy Theater, 4th Floor Northrop

Free and open to the public

Conservation biology is charged with deploying science to stem the tide of biodiversity loss. It’s a relatively young field, yet it has many established paradigms and protocols for dealing with problems such as habitat loss and degradation, invasive species, and over-harvesting. A new threat is building steam, however: climate change. Even if global carbon emissions slow and eventually decline, climate change is expected to be a dominant force molding species distributions and ecosystem composition in the coming decades. With its global scope and ubiquitous effects, climate change is unlike many other environmental factors, and some of our most prized conservation strategies might not be up to the task. This Frontiers talk will explore some of the unique features of climate change from the perspective of biodiversity conservation — features that invite us to consider new conservation tools that must be evaluated scientifically as well as economically and ethically. As a bonus, the talk will expand from a biodiversity focus to broader questions about the goals and purposes of the IonE form the perspective of its new director.

Jessica Hellmann is Director of the Institute on the Environment and Russell M. and Elizabeth M. Bennett Chair in Excellence in the College of Biological Sciences.

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