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Cambridge Conservation Seminar Series




The Cambridge Conservation Seminars are a very well attended series intended to provide a research and social focus for university lecturers, research staff and postgraduate students interested in conservation research. The primary aim is to inform university colleagues of what research in different departments and to bring in high quality outside speakers. Equally, members of conservation organisations are welcome to attend. A key element is the opportunity after each talk to socialise with colleagues from different departments and organisations.

This Lent we have some very exciting talks lined up:

11th March

Professor Jens-Christian Svenning, Aarhus University

Biodiversity in a World of Human Dominance and Rapid Change - Anthropocene Challenges and Opportunities 

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Human activities increasingly dominate the Earth system, taking up space, using the land and the species, changing the atmosphere and the climate, and blending long isolated floras and faunas. A predominant consequence throughout history has been dramatic losses of species diversity and natural ecosystems. With increasing intensities in all these Anthropocene drivers looming in the future such losses are likely to continue. Still, the Anthropocene also brings new possibilities and not all changes need be losses. Here, I will first consider prehistoric and historical human-driven dynamics, their legacies and the novel Anthropocene opportunities in the context of two biological cases, megafaunas and forests. Rapid and strong climate change is likely to characterize the coming decades and centuries, and as the second part of my presentation I will discuss the likely impacts on biodiversity and ecosystems and what may be possible as adaptive responses by people and society to sustain biodiversity and ecosystem services. Finally, I provide some thoughts on the general conceptual and ethical challenges that biodiversity conservation and nature management in the Anthropocene entail, and how interdisciplinary perspectives may help address these.






Dr Ivan Scales, University of Cambridge Trees, 'tribes' and taboos: The political ecology of conservation and culture in Madagascar'

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Professor Georgina Mace UCL, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Science in a human-dominated world

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Dr Valerie Kapos, UNEP-WCMC, 'REDD+ and Biodiversity Conservation: Are The Challenges What We Thought They Were?'

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Professor Katherine Homewood, UCL, 'Evaluating the social and ecological outcomes of conservation interventions: Tanzania's Wildlife Management Areas'

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Dr Zoe Davies, University of Kent, 'Biodiversity and the feel good factor'

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Dr Robyn Veal, University of Cambridge, 'Where did plant diversity and sustainability begin? Arboriculture in the ancient Roman world'

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 Dr Trent Garner, ZSL, Is Evolution (Not) Working for Infected Amphibians?

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  The Cambridge Conservation Seminars are generously supported by: 

The CCI Strategic Initiative Fund


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