Ecology Seminar: Dr. James Watson
- Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 3:10pm to 4:00pm
- Lewis Hall - view map
Please join the Ecology Department for a special seminar by eminent conservation scientist Dr. James Watson on Tuesday Feb 16 at 3:10 pm in Lewis 304. James will present, “Finding space for nature in a rapidly changing world”. Using the ‘Human Footprint’ framework, he will report on a globally-standardized measure of cumulative human pressure on the terrestrial environment. He found that at least three quarters of the planet is under measurable human pressure, and there is a near deterministic relationship between the suitability of land for agriculture and the severity, extent and growth of these pressures. He will showcase the implications of this via a number of case studies from different parts of the world, highlighting the imperative to imbed the human response to climate change into conservation planning efforts in ways that keep some of our last great natural areas intact.
Dr. Watson is an Associate Professor Fellow at University of Queensland and Director of Science and Research Initiative at the Wildlife Conservation Society.
Ecology Seminars are free and open to the public.