ESS Wed Seminar: Anthropogenic Impact on Wildlife and Consequences for Ecosystems and Humans By Professor Rodolfo Dirzo, Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

12:30 pm

Y2E2, Room #111

Sponsored by:
Department of Earth System Science

The loss of biological diversity is one of the most critical environmental changes in the Anthropocene. While the global extinction of species is the most publicized aspect of biodiversity loss, the local decline in the abundance of species, leading to the loss of local populations, is an aspect that has been, comparatively, overlooked. In this presentation, I will: i) document the magnitude, distribution and taxonomic variation in the loss of populations, using the case of animals, particularly vertebrates, for which the available information is not so limited; and ii) examine some examples of the multi-faceted consequences of such erosion of the planet’s biological diversity, in terms of the alteration of species ecological interactions, and the cascading effects on ecosystem processes and, ultimately, the repercussions thereof for human populations.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
12:30 pm – 1:20 pm
Y2E2, Room #111

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