Reception to follow; Free and open to the public.
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The Boething Lecture Series, in honor of John and Susan Boething, addresses forest and the human
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.