Séminaire au CEFE : Lessons from the past: How can historical data be used to reconstruct ecological baselines and inform conservation?

jeudi 13 décembre 2018 – 11h
Grande salle de réunion du CEFE | 1e étage, aile C

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Sophie Monsarrat

Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela University, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

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 Humans have driven biodiversity loss and modified ecosystem structure for millennia. Using modern ecological data in biogeography analyses therefore has the risk of considerably affecting our understanding of ecological patterns of “natural” species distributions and of the dynamics and drivers of past extinctions. By extending the timeline usually considered in ecology, long-term archives can provide novel insights into species’ ecology and extinction dynamics and represent a unique opportunity to better inform regional environmental management. This talk will present the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of long-term biodiversity data in modern ecological analyses, focusing on a case study of large mammal fauna in Southern Africa. It will discuss how historical data can be used to provide important new baselines for conservation in a major biodiversity hotspot, highlighting the importance of using information from the past to understand the present and manage for the future.

 

(Seminar in English, with Questions & Answers in English + French)
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