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17:00 - 20:00 10 May 2018

Rick Battarbee Lecture Series: Dame Professor Georgina Mace FRS


Lecture Theatre G22 | Pearson Building
Dept. Geography, UCL | London | England | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed

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Dame Professor Georgina Mace FRS, Director CBER, UCL, Dame Professor Georgina Mace DBE, FRS, is one of the world's leading ecologists and conservation scientists. Her research concerns measuring the trends and consequences of biodiversity loss and change, with a particular focus on the science and policy interface for biodiversity conservation and ecosystem management. Georgina was appointed OBE in 1998, (CBE in 2007 and Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to science. She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 2002.

Valuing nature in a human-dominated world

Nature conservation has traditionally focused on preservation and protection. However, this approach is increasingly being challenged as the impact of human activities on land and in the sea continues to spread and intensify. At the same time, people depend on nature for material goods, as well as for many less tangible benefits that we have taken for granted but may now be at risk, including many ecosystem-based functions and services. I will show how the focus of conservation has shifted from preserving biodiversity (primarily species & habitats and their spatial patterns), to maintaining form and function, adaptability and resilience. Using examples from the UK and internationally I will then introduce some new techniques for measuring and prioritising natural systems and processes, especially relevant in a changing world.


Prof Anson W. Mackay


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