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2018 Annual Boething Lecture: Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo

Date and Time: 
May 17, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Reception to follow; Free and open to the public.
For more infomation, contact Michelle Valencia.
The Boething Lecture Series, in honor of John and Susan Boething, addresses forest and the human

Geo Corner Building 320, Room 105
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Biology, Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, Center for Conservation Biology

Dr. Rodolfo Dirzo, Bing Professor in Environmental Science, Biology Department Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University

"A forest is more than its plants: consequences of wildlife decline for ecosystems and humans"

Scientists have rigorously documented that wildlife decline and loss (i.e., defaunation) is omnipresent, massive, and creates a prevalent downsizing effect: medium and large animals are rapidly declining, and smaller species are thriving. New research shows how downsized ecosystems spark cascading consequences on plant communities, ecological processes, and critical services for human wellbeing. A collective appreciation of defaunation is needed if we hope to prevent it from catalyzing Earth’s next mass extinction.