IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Harald Schneider Research Seminar: "Predicting the impact of the Anthropocene on the plant diversity of SE Asia"

14 December 2017, 1.00 PM - 14 December 2017, 2.00 PM

Harald Schneider

Seminar Room G13/14, Life Sciences Building

IAS Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professor Harald Schneider will lead a Research Seminar entitled "Predicting the impact of the Anthropocene on the plant diversity of SE Asia". All welcome. 

Synopsis: Global, regional and local threats to biodiversity and natural resources are substantial increased by human activities that are arguably result in a rapid and global transformation of marine and terrestrial ecosystems. The term Anthropocene has been coined for the new epoch in which the impact of human activities transform all ecosystems.

The global biodiversity crisis is arguably one of the most prominent impacts that increasingly threatens the maintenance of major ecosystem functioning and natural resources.

The presentation discuss an innovative research approach that is designed to predict the impact of this global mass extinction on the composition of the tree-of-life by incorporating a wide range of biological information using a macroevolutionary framework.

To illustrate this new concept, I will discuss specifically the plant-biodiversity of Southeast Asia with focus on Yunnan and adjacent region with emphasis on ongoing efforts to conserve the threatened diversity of a biodiversity hotspot that acted in the past as a museum and a cradle of biodiversity in tropical and subtropical Asia.

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