SoGES Global Biodiversity Center IGNITE Biodiversity

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability’s Global Biodiversity Center is hosting the 4th annual Ignite Biodiversity on April 21.

The fast paced, entertaining evening of IGNITE-style presentations showcase and recognize the range of valuable biodiversity research being conducted at CSU. The event will be held Thursday from 5 to 6:30pm at Avogadro’s Number, 605 S. Mason.

2015IgnitePosterv4In 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). 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.

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.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Allison Burford at (970) 492-4215 or

About the center

The School of Global Environmental Sustainability supports the Global Biodiversity Center. The goal of the GBC is to link the 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 towards the enhancement of biodiversity through research, policy advancement, and outreach. Visit for more information.