Navigation Links
Public lecture at UC Riverside to discuss challenges in assessing human impact on ecosystems

RIVERSIDE, Calif. Humans are conducting massive experiments on ecosystems around the world by fragmenting habitats, killing predators, introducing exotic species, boosting nutrient concentrations, and altering climates.

On May 22, ecologist Donald M. Waller will give the Jane Block Distinguished Lecture in Conservation Biology at the University of California, Riverside in which he will discuss how our ability to assess these impacts and track responses is crippled because we lack baseline data, controls, and adequate monitoring.

"We are using unusually complete and extensive data from the 1950s to assess threats to species persistence and to untangle the many drivers of ecological change," said Waller, the John T. Curtis Professor of Botany and Environmental Studies at the University of WisconsinMadison.

His talk, titled "The once and future forest: Drivers of long-term ecological change," will take place at 4:10 p.m., in the auditorium in the Genomics Building on campus. A reception will follow the talk, at 5 p.m., in the foyer.

The talk is free of charge and open to the public. Parking on campus costs $6 per day or $2 per hour in marked, numbered spaces in select parking lots.

Waller chairs the Department of Botany and the Biological Aspects of Conservation major and helped found the University of Wisconsin's graduate program in conservation biology and sustainable development. He teaches courses in ecology, evolution, and conservation biology. His research interests include plant population biology; the evolution of plant mating systems; causes and consequences of inbreeding; demographic and genetic hazards in isolated populations; deer impacts on forest ecosystems; and how climate change, invasive species, nutrient inputs, and habitat fragmentation interact to drive long-term ecological change.

He co-authored Wild Forests: Conservation Biology and Public Policy (1994) and co-edited The Vanishing Present: Shifts in Wisconsin's lands, waters, and wildlife (2008). He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and received a Palme Academique Award from the French Ministry of Education. He has served as an associate editor for Oecologia and Ecology Letters, editor-in-chief of Evolution, and president of the Society for the Study of Evolution.

The Jane Block Distinguished Lecture in Conservation Biology is named after a widely recognized community leader who has played a significant role in saving lands in Riverside County, in getting habitat conservation plans established, and in establishing the Center for Conservation Biology at UC Riverside.


Contact: Iqbal Pittalwala
University of California - Riverside

Related biology news :

1. Bowman provides strategies to engage public with climate change solutions
2. Scientists advance field of research with publication of newly validated method for analyzing flavanols in cocoa
3. Internet and new drugs: A challenge for public health
4. WHOI to host public forum on climate change and global water supplies
5. Science reporters win ASM Public Communications Award
6. Yale study concludes public apathy over climate change unrelated to science literacy
7. Pre-surgical steps for eye surgery are standardized through JoVEs video publication
8. Webcast: Public forum with North Americas environment ministers on community, ecosystem resilience
9. New model in scientific publishing: GigaScience combines article and data publication
10. Inaugural cross-disciplinary Public Participation in Scientific Research conference
11. Public sightings suggest increase in basking sharks in British waters
Post Your Comments:
(Date:4/5/2017)... 5, 2017  The Allen Institute for Cell Science ... a one-of-a-kind portal and dynamic digital window into the ... the first application of deep learning to create predictive ... lines and a growing suite of powerful tools. The ... and future publicly available resources created and shared by ...
(Date:4/4/2017)... , April 4, 2017   EyeLock LLC ... announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office ... broadly covers the linking of an iris image with ... transaction) and represents the company,s 45 th issued ... patent is very timely given the multi-modal biometric capabilities ...
(Date:3/30/2017)... The research team of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University ... adopting ground breaking 3D fingerprint minutiae recovery and matching technology, pushing ... for use in identification, crime investigation, immigration control, security of access ... ... A research team led by Dr Ajay ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... San Diego-based team building and cooking events company, ... today. The bold new look is part of a transformation to increase awareness, ... significant growth period. , It will also expand its service offering from its signature ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) , ... October 10, 2017 ... ... University City Science Center’s FirstHand program has won a US2020 STEM Mentoring Award. ... accept the award for Excellence in Volunteer Experience from US2020. , US2020’s mission ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... , Oct. 10, 2017 International research firm Parks Associates ... will speak at the TMA 2017 Annual Meeting , October 11 ... in the residential home security market and how smart safety and security ... Parks Associates: ... "The residential security ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... ... October 10, 2017 , ... USDM Life Sciences , ... life sciences and healthcare industries, announces a presentation by Subbu Viswanathan and Jennifer ... “Automating GxP Validation for Agile Cloud Platforms,” will present a revolutionary approach to ...
Breaking Biology Technology: