Science in Conversation Webinar Series Presents
Saving Nature in the Heat Age: A Natural History of Climate Change
Climate change is already causing living things to move, adapt, or die. Unfortunately, we aren’t very good at knowing which species are most at risk. We lack natural history information – basic biology such as movement patterns and adaptations – that would help us make better predictions. So now, the grand challenge is how to collect and synthesize this natural history data for as many species as we can – hopefully in time to save them.
In this final installment of our Science in Conversation webinar series, Dr. Mark Urban makes a case for natural history as a tool to inform predictive models and to aid scientists on the cutting edge of climate change research.
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Dr. Mark C. Urban
is an award-winning scientist, the Arden Chair and Professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Connecticut, founder and director of the Center of Biological Risk
, and global expert on climate change impacts on nature and evolutionary ecology. An avid field biologist, Mark takes every opportunity to get out in the field to learn about the diversity of life and threats to it. He routinely spends time in ponds, lakes, and streams in regions ranging from New England to the North Slope of Alaska. He founded and directs the Center of Biological Risk, the first center devoted to forecasting the complex risks to society mediated by ecosystems. He has authored over 80 scientific articles and has been cited more than 11,000 times. By integrating ecology, evolution, and genomics, his work has uncovered new principles that routinely challenge existing ideas, including challenging the spatial scale of adaptation, the importance of adaptation in ecology, and highlighting the joint ecological and evolutionary responses to global change. Most recently, his work has focused on designing global efforts to estimate and mitigate extinction risks from climate change on biodiversity.