CSU’s Global Biodiversity Center Biodiversity IGNITE April 23

Biodiversity Ignite event poster, showing different speciesThe Global Biodiversity Center at Colorado State University will host the seventh annual Biodiversity Ignite on April 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. at Maxline Brewing. The event promises a fast-paced, entertaining evening of Ignite-style presentations that showcase the range of biodiversity research being conducted at the university.

In the Ignite format, each speaker presents 20 slides in five minutes, with the slides progressing automatically every 15 seconds (whether or not the speaker is ready).

A dozen scientists from CSU will speak about their work on a diversity of organisms – microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, birds, carnivores and elephants – and topics related to biodiversity, including climate change, invasive species, conservation genetics, community solutions and ethics.

The Global Biodiversity Center is housed in the School of Global Environmental Sustainability at CSU.

What is biodiversity?

Biodiversity is the variation of all life on earth, from genes and species to communities and ecosystems. Biodiversity can be studied from the local to global scale and across many levels of organization, from genes to ecosystems.

In all systems – aquatic to terrestrial, and managed to natural – biodiversity maintains life on our planet and underpins the ecosystem services vital to human well-being, including food, carbon storage, climate regulation and aesthetics and cultural support. However, human activities threaten this biodiversity, and species extinction continues to increase.

Maxline Brewing is located at 2724 McClelland Drive No. 190 in Fort Collins. This event is free and open to the public.

For more information, please contact Professor Chris Funk at Chris.Funk@colostate.edu

 About the Global Biodiversity Center

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability supports the Global Biodiversity Center. The goal of the center is to: link biodiversity researchers across campus; provide expertise in biodiversity research to other scientists, policymakers, natural resource managers, and conservation practitioners at the state, national and international levels; and work towards the enhancement of biodiversity through research, policy advancement and outreach.

Visit http://biodiversity.colostate.edu for more information.