Ecologist to discuss conservation of biodiversity in changing climate

Mark Anderson, eastern regional director of conservation science with the nonprofit The Nature Conservancy, will discuss the conservation of geophysical settings as a way of protecting biodiversity in current and future climates at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 23, in room 112 of the Walker Building on Penn State's University Park campus as part of the Geography Coffee Hour series.

Anderson’s talk, “Climate, Geology and Biodiversity: Why Protecting Places is Critical to Conserving Species,” is open to the public. It is sponsored by the Penn State Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI) and the Department of Geography.

“Focusing on specific physical settings such as sand dunes, shale barrens and limestone rivers may actually be the key to conserving the most species,” Anderson said.

Prioritizing geologic settings represents a shift for the conservation community that has long been engaged in species protection, but Anderson said the shift is more a progression than a rejection of the individual species approach as the goal is still the protection of species.

Last Updated October 19, 2009