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Richard Ladle gave a talk in CIBIO

ERA Chair Richard Ladle gave a talk on the Welcome Seminar on Biodiversity and Evolution at CIBIO

Talk title: Webinar: Nature Conservation in the Digital Age: Conservation Culturomics and iEcology

Conservation has famously been described as a ‘crisis discipline’ where decisions often have to be made on the basis of limited, incomplete or absent data. Such shortfalls are especially acute in the tropics which host the majority of the world’s biodiversity, but which contain regions where scientific capacity is extremely limited. At the same time anecdotal evidence suggests that human interactions with nature are in dramatic decline across the world with potentially negative effects for both human well-being and, more generally, support for nature conservation and the environmental agenda. In this talk I discuss how two emerging disciplines, ‘Conservation Culturomics’ and ‘iEcology’, are harnessing the enormous potential of big data to provide new insights into human-nature interactions and to map biodiversity dynamics through time and space. These approaches have enormous potential to support and complement traditional ecological and social surveys, helping to fill some of the major shortfalls in global biodiversity data.

[Host: Pedro Beja, APPLECOL, COMPBIO]

Click here to watch the webinar recording
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