Richard J. Ladle, CIBIO-InBIO | October 23, 2020 - 15h30 | Online
University of Porto

Conservation has famously been described as a ‘crisis discipline’ where decisions often have to be made on the basis of limited, incomplete or absent data. Such shortfalls are especially acute in the tropics which host the majority of the world’s biodiversity, but which contain regions where scientific capacity is extremely limited. At the same time anecdotal evidence suggests that human interactions with nature are in dramatic decline across the world with potentially negative effects for both human well-being and, more generally, support for nature conservation and the environmental agenda. In this talk I discuss how two emerging disciplines, ‘Conservation Culturomics’ and ‘iEcology’, are harnessing the enormous potential of big data to provide new insights into human-nature interactions and to map biodiversity dynamics through time and space. These approaches have enormous potential to support and complement traditional ecological and social surveys, helping to fill some of the major shortfalls in global biodiversity data.

 

Richard Ladle has a degree in Zoology (Newcastle University) and a doctorate in theoretical ecology (Oxford University). With over 25 years of experience as a University teacher, he was the first Director of the MSc Biodiversity, Conservation and Management at Oxford University (2003-2009) and Titular Professor of Conservation Science at the Federal University of Alagoas, Brazil (2012-2020). He is currently the ERA Research Chair in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems Research at CIBIO-InBIO, Vairão. Author of over 200 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and books, his research interests include human-nature interactions, conservation biogeography and the use of new technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of wildlife conservation.

 

 

[Host: Pedro Beja, APPLECOL, COMPBIO]

 

 

Link to the webinar: https://fc-up-pt.zoom.us/j/99470061804 (Password: FCUP)