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UCL ISR Seminar Series: Biodiversity conservation in a resource hungry world

18:00 - 19:30 24 October 2013

Location: Central House; 14 Upper Woburn Place, London. WC1H 0NN


Our next seminar will be presented by Professor Georgina Mace and will be on 'Biodiversity conservation in a resource hungry world'.

Biodiversity loss is of increasing concern at global, national and local levels. Using recent assessments I will review the evidence for biodiversity decline and then consider what roles are played by biodiversity, how these relate to traditional wildlife conservation and then how to think about these linkages, especially given all the new pressures on the environment from climate change to increasing consumption.

Georgina Mace was previously Director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College and joined UCL on 1st August 2012. Her research interests are in measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and ecosystem change. She led the development of criteria for listing species on IUCN’s Red List of threatened species, and was a coordinating lead author for biodiversity in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (www.maweb.org). Recently she has worked on the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (uknea.unep-wcmc.org/) , is a co-investigator on the NERC Valuing Nature Network, and is an Associate Director of the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation Programme, funded by DfID, NERC and ESRC (www.espa.ac.uk). She was elected FRS in 2002, and was the 2007 winner of the international Cosmos prize. She is currently a member of NERC Council, President of the British Ecological Society and Chair of the science committee for the DIVERSITAS global change research programme.

The seminar will start promptly at 6.00pm, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time.

The talk will be followed by Q & A session and a networking reception with drinks and nibbles.