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12:30 - 14:00 10 May 2018

Lunch Hour Lectures on Tour: The Value of Biodiversity; When a Frog and a Virus Went to War (and How the Battles Were Won and Lost)


Huxley Lecture Theatre and Bartlett Suite at ZSL London Zoo
Outer Circle | London | NW1 4RY | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Richard Pearson, Director, Centre for Biodiversity & Environment Research, Department of Genetics, Evolution & Environment, UCL
Dr. Stephen J. Price, PDRA, UCL Genetics Institute & Institute of Zoology (ZSL)

Further information about the lectures:

The Value of Biodiversity As biodiversity continues to decline globally, there is much debate about the strength of different arguments for why we should do more to conserve nature. Is it sufficient to base arguments for biodiversity conservation on the intrinsic value of nature, or should we place emphasis on the services and economic benefits that biodiversity provides for humans?

When a Frog and a Virus Went to War (and How the Battles Were Won and Lost) Hollywood loves plagues that drive humans to the brink of extinction whilst governments fret about disease threats to public health and economic interests. Wildlife diseases receive less attention but are also of serious concern. It is a case study that will give you an insight into the most interesting and troubling aspects of infectious disease emergence: devastation of host populations, weapons used to wage war, and how the environment and human behaviour can influence outcomes.


Laurie Michel-Hutteau


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