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Thursday Seminar: Conservation science in the tropics: why most ecological research is useless, and why we need more of it

Thursday, February 4, 2016
12:00 AM
1200 Chemistry

The mismatch between conservation science and real-world conservation is well known. Few of us, however, would advocate conservation done in the absence of sound ecological science. I explore this paradox in the context of the Old World tropics, drawing primarily on my research in Indonesian Borneo. First, I consider the spatial distribution of research effort across African and Asian protected areas and discuss why it limits the practical relevance of much ecological work. I then discuss why, despite their limitations, long-term ecological studies are vitally important for effective conservation in the tropics. Empirical examples focus on life-history, habitat selection, and source-sink population dynamics in endangered Asian apes.

Host: Professor Christopher Dick

Coffee and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.

View YouTube video of seminar (apologies, audio cuts out at 26:00 but all slides appear)