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Biology/Environmental Studies: Anthropocentric Reasons for Conservation by Victoria Wright, The University of Sheffield

7th February 2013 @ 14:00 - 15:00

In this lecture, Victoria Wright, a PhD student at The University of Sheffield, will discuss the need to conserve biodiversity for the benefit of people. Making relevant links to the Biology and Environmental Studies A Level syllabuses. Victoria will introduce a number of connected ideas including:

– the need to prioritise conservation efforts as it is not possible to conserve everything;

– the definition of biodiversity;

– the ecosystem services concept and the millennium ecosystem assessment;

– the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem service provisioning;

– the benefits of positive interactions between people and wildlife from the perspectives of people and wildlife;

– and criticisms of this method of prioritising conservation efforts.

Victoria will use local examples where possible to increase the relevance to the audience.


Suitable for: Year 12/Year 13

Preparation/Pre-reading: There is no specific preparation or pre-reading required. However it would be helpful for students to consider questions in advance relating to studying this subject at university. These questions may cover, for example, the application process, course structure, and university lifestyle.


7th February 2013
14:00 - 15:00
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