SoGES Global Biodiversity Center hosts Ignite Biodiversity event

School of Global Environmental Sustainability’s Global Biodiversity Center will host the fifth annual Ignite Biodiversity event on Tuesday, April 18.

Join SoGES for a fast paced, entertaining evening of Ignite-style presentations that showcase and recognize the range of valuable biodiversity research being conducted at CSU. The event is going to be held  from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason St.

The event is free and open to the public.

In the Ignite format, each speaker presents 20 slides in five minutes, and as an entertaining bonus the slides progress automatically every 15 seconds (whether or not the speaker is ready). Approximately 15 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. This year, speakers are encouraged to incorporate the themes of “Action and/or Human Well-Being” into their talks, as they relate to 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 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.

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About the Global Biodiversity Center

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability supports the Global Biodiversity Center. The goal of the GBC is to; (1) link these researchers across campus; (2) provide expertise in biodiversity research to other scientists, policymakers, natural resource managers and conservation practitioners at the state, national and international levels; and (3) work towards the enhancement of biodiversity through research, policy advancement and outreach. Visit the website for more information.