The value of nature in a warming world (CANCELLED)
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Please note that this event has been cancelled due to the speaker's home institution participating in industrial action this week. A new date will be advised as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused. (Page updated: 12 March 2018)

The fifth Annual Plymouth Linnean Lecture on Wednesday 14 March will be held jointly between the School of Biological and Marine Sciences, University of Plymouth and the Linnean Society of London.

This year’s invited speaker is Professor Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. 

In her lecture entitled “The value of nature in a warming world”, Professor Seddon will discuss the role of nature as the bedrock of human health, wealth and wellbeing, and its role in subsidising the global economy for over 100 years. In spite of this, nature has not been considered to have any value and development has proceeded without any consideration for it. One of the goals of the universally adopted Sustainable Development Agenda is to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all”, and current attitudes to nature must change if this is to be possible: the value of nature must be central to decision making. Professor Seddon will highlight the now urgent need to achieve this in a warming world, and will explore the science behind the assertion that nature is our most powerful ally in fighting both the causes and consequences of climate change.

About the speaker

Professor Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Professor Seddon read for her BSc (Hons) Zoology and later completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge, where she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Newnham College. She became a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2005 and a University Lecturer in 2009. She was made Professor of Biodiversity in 2015 and is also a Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College. In 2017 she was awarded an NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, which enables her to work at the science-policy interface, particularly focusing on climate change. Professor Seddon’s main research interests are the cause sand consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change.

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