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Reinventing conservation for a post-normal world

Biochange seminar series

2021.04.26 | Anne Blach Overgaard

Date Mon 26 Apr
Time 16:00 17:00
Location Online

Stephen T. Jackson

Speaker: STEPHEN T. JACKSON, Director of the Southwest and South Central Climate Adaptation Science Centers, and Adjunct Professor of Geosciences and of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Arizona, USA.  


Conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems developed in a static world, one in which historical norms of both ecological states and conservation practices prevailed. Rapid global change is forcing a rapid shift away from these norms, and not simply toward new norms. Consideration of ecological history indicates that normal ecological states are illusory; environmental changes have driven ecological state-changes, and particular ecological states are often laden with historical contingencies. Future environmental and ecological states will not only be novel, but also contingent on human activities, ecological processes, and climate dynamics, and on interactions among them. Emerging novelty and deep uncertainty pose novel challenges for decision-makers at all levels natural-resource management and policy. Addressing these challenges will require unprecedented levels of engagement and dialogue between environmental scientists and decision-makers. Host: Ass. Prof. Alejandro Ordonez, Department of Biology, Aarhus University.

Host: Ass. Prof. Alejandro Ordonez, Department of Biology, Aarhus University.

Sign up by contacting Anne Blach Overgaard: anne.overgaard@bio.au.dk  

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