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Biological diversity in a changing world

Event

Starts:

October
272010

09:00

Ends:

October
282010

17:00

Location

The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG

Overview

 

 

Organised by Professor Anne Magurran and Dr Maria Dornelas

We live in a world in which biological diversity is under threat as never before. Drawing insights from organisms ranging from microbes to mammals this meeting will show why a deeper understanding of temporal turnover in ecological communities in essential in coping with the changes that the natural world will experience over the next 50 years.

The biographies and audio recordings are available below.

The proceedings of this meeting are published in a dedicated issue of Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B.

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Schedule of talks

Session 1

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Welcome by Stephen Cox CVO, Executive Director, Royal Society, and Professor Anne Magurran

Mr Stephen Cox

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Changes in the structure of ecological communities through time

Professor Anne Magurran

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Bird populations and communities through time in a changing environment

Session 1, 1st Discussion

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Biogeography of the air

Professor Mark Vellend, University of British Columbia, Canada

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Biological diversity at high latitudes: speciation and extinction in an extreme environment

Professor Andrew Clarke

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Session 1, 2nd Discussion

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Session 2

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Modelling range shifts and richness on tropical elevational gradients under Quaternary glacial cycles

Professor Robert Colwell

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Phylogenetic diversity measures based on Hill numbers

Professor Anne Chao

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Session 2, 1st Discussion

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Measuring temporal change in community structure

Professor Nicholas Gotelli

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Disturbance and change in biodiversity

Dr Maria Dornelas

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Session 2, 2nd Discussion

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Session 3

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Anthropogenic impacts on tropical forest biodiversity

Dr Rebecca Morris

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Biogeography of microorganisms through genomics

Professor Rita Colwell

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Session 3, 1st Discussion

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The origins of modern biodiversity on land

Professor Mike Benton FRS, University of Bristol, UK

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Ecological correlates of range shifts of late Pleistocene mammals

Dr Kathleen Lyons

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Session 3, 2nd Discussion

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The future of the oceans past

Professor Jeremy Jackson, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego, USA and Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Republic of Panama

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Transitional states in marine fisheries: adapting to cope with predicted global change

Dr Aaron MacNeil, Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia

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Session 4, 1st discussion

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Population and range dynamics: implications for conservation planning

Dr Ben Collen, University College London, UK

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Temporal changes in transformed landscapes: a southern system perspective

Professor Steven Chown, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

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Session 4, 2nd Discussion

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Biological diversity in a changing world The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK