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Biodiversity and the Sixth Extinction

December 6, 2017

Birds eye view of large field of green. at the center is lung shaped made half of a forest the other half of deforestation

Earth is losing biological diversity at an unprecedented rate. Could this lead to the collapse of Earth’s habitats and ecosystems? What might that mean for humanity? Curator Joel Cracraft presents the evidence, drawing from his experiences in Earth’s tropical forests, and outlines the difficult challenges ahead.

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  • Learn more about this month’s SciCafe speaker and his research here
  • Watch the ShelfLife episode co-featuring Curator Joel Cracraft that decodes the biodiversity of ecosystems under threat today through the use of cryptic species.
  • Peruse a recent publication on world scientists’ warning to humanity.
  • Science Magazine article stressing major transformative changes in the global economy are necessary to reduce humanity’s environmental footprint to sustainable levels.
  • A publication on evolutionary biology in biodiversity science, conservation, and policy. See reading materials below. 
  • Read “Seeing the World as it Really Is: Global Stability and Environmental Change”. See reading materials below.

Reading Materials

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