The UT Science Forum presented by Quest offers a weekly lecture on current science, medical, or technology developments. On February 7, 2014, Dr. Michael McKinney, Director of the Environmental Studies & Sustainability Program, and UT Professor of Earth & Planetary Sciences will speak on "Homogenizing the planet and what to do about it " from 12 noon to 1 p.m.
Humans are homogenizing the planet in many ways, especially culturally and biologically. As we multiply, disperse and build increasingly sprawling cities, we transform unique and diverse habitats into much simpler and more similar habitats solely for our own needs. This is creating an impoverished biosphere inhabited by the relative few species that are able to adapt to human habitats. There are at least two solutions to this problem that I will discuss. One is to make our cities more sustainable: creating cities that promote biodiversity at several scales. This means more greenspace, especially those with native plants and more "urban wilderness" projects. A second solution is to make our cities more compact and do a better job of promoting biodiversity outside of the cities. This is exemplified by the Wildlands Project, which seeks to maximize the amount of land devoted to nature conservation and also connect those lands so that species can migrate between them.
The Science Forum is free and open to the public.
Location: Thompson-Boling Arena Dining room C-D. Bring your lunch or purchase it from the Arena.
More information on future lectures at: http://scienceforum.utk.edu/
Friday, 07 February, 2014
Sandra Allen McLean
Phone: (865) 607-5684
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