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How do we make and break ecosystems?

Please note that this venue takes place on the first floor and has no step-free access.
Past event - 2019
21 May Doors 7 pm
Event 7.30 -9.30 pm
The Duke of York, 47 Rathbone Street,
London W1T 1NW
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Join us in the Duke of York as we find out about the challenges facing ecosystems and how community action can help. With talks, games and the chance to win some Pint of Science goodies!

Non-native species: scourge or saviours for biodiversity?

Dr Jane Catford (Lecturer in Physical and Environmental Geography)
Thanks to human activities, biodiversity is under threat. Non-native species, like rhododendron and parakeets, may help curb this threat by boosting biodiversity. But non-native species themselves are considered a key driver of biodiversity loss. Why? How can the addition of species result in a net reduction of species? And how can species that have evolved in entirely different systems outstrip native species that have evolved locally? Using case studies, logic and observations, we'll ponder how and why invasive species may be able to trump natural selection, beating natives at their own game

Community action: “It is not so easy my friend like pushing a drunkard”

Nathalie Richards (PhD student in Geography)
What happens when international environmental NGOs work with local communities? Are you curious to learn what environmental initiatives really look like on the ground? Do you want to know how ecosystem services benefit Tanzanian and international communities? If your appetite for science has been tickled, come hear how ethnographic research has helped unveil how community-based management takes place in unpredictable ways, and how NGOs and local communities work together to safeguard the ecosystem services of the Great Ruaha river in Tanzania.