If you’ve ever wanted to hear about conservation genetics as told by Dr. Seuss, frogs from Tepui, or a rap about biodiversity, make plans to be at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St., Wednesday, May 6, 5-6:30 p.m. That’s when CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability’s Biodiversity Working Group hosts the third annual IGNITE Biodiversity. The event is free and open to the public.
The fast-paced and entertaining evening of IGNITE-style presentations will showcase and recognize the range of valuable biodiversity research being conducted at CSU.
In the IGNITE format each speaker presents 20 slides in 5 minutes, and as an entertaining bonus, the slides progress automatically every 15 seconds (whether or not the speaker is ready). Scientists from CSU and agencies will speak about their work on a diversity of organisms (microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, birds, carnivores, ungulates, and elephants) and topics relating to biodiversity, including climate change, invasives, conservation genetics, community solutions, and ethics.
Biodiversity is the variation of all life on earth, from genes and species to communities and ecosystems, from the local to global scale and across the many levels of organization (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.
For more information about the Biodiversity IGNITE, contact Allison Burford at (970) 492-4215 or Allison.Burford@colostate.edu.
About the Biodiversity Working Group
The School of Global Environmental Sustainability supports the Biodiversity Working Group. The goal of the BWG is to link researchers across campus; provide expertise in biodiversity research to other scientists, policy makers, natural resource managers, and conservation practitioners at the state, national, and international levels; and work toward the enhancement of biodiversity through research, policy advancement, and outreach. biodiversity.colostate.edu.