Tuesday 8 May 2018

Biosciences Seminar Speaker 10 May 2018

Biosciences Seminar Series - Spring 2018
10 May 2018 - 1pm - Zoology Museum

Using trait-based models to understand vulnerability to extinction and to threats

Dr Manuela Gonzales

The Biosciences Seminar Series continues for the Spring Term with a talk by Dr Manuela Gonzales from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Reading (UK). Manuela is a lecturer in Ecological Modelling, interested in understanding and predicting the drivers of current biodiversity loss. To do so, Manuela aims to combine life-history and trait-based approaches and quantify the role of individual variability in population dynamics -- see here more about her research group.

Anthropogenic impacts on the world’s ecosystems have led to a widespread and accelerating loss of biodiversity. No area of the planet can be considered pristine any longer, yet not all areas or species are affected equally by human impacts. Some species have characteristics that make them more (or less) vulnerable to threats, and threats can be localized and varying in intensity. In this talk I will discuss how we can use data describing species morphological, behavioural, and ecological traits to better understand and predict vulnerability to extinction and to individual anthropogenic threats.

Hope to see many of you - everyone most welcome to attend!

For the list of forthcoming seminars see here

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