The St Andrews Prize for the Environment

University of St Andrews

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25 March 2015

Ocean Extinction Averted - What will it take?

Ocean Extinction Averted - What will it take?

Professor Callum Roberts to deliver Public Lecture entitled "Ocean Extinction Averted-What will it take" at this year’s St Andrews Prize seminar on 22 April.

Human impact on the oceans has increased dramatically in the last half century. The intensity and breadth of these changes imperils marine life, and biodiversity is dwindling at an alarming rate.

In addressing this challenge, one thing in our favour is the fact that human impact in the sea lags behind land-based impact by a hundred years or more. While many terrestrial species have become extinct, most marine species are still with us. There is hope of changing course and saving them, but to do so we face many challenges.

In this talk, Professor Callum Roberts will draw on thirty years’ extensive research experience to address such key questions as: How do we protect species when we don’t know where they are, or even that they exist? How do we protect life in a realm that is hostile to most of the conservation methods used on land?

Professor Callum Roberts is a marine conservation biologist in the Environment Department at York University

Information:
Wednesday, 22 April 2015, 6-7pm
MEDICAL & BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES LECTURE THEATRE, NORTH HAUGH, ST ANDREWS
FREE ENTRY  NO PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED