Can life adapt: How will climate change affect biodiversity in Bc & beyond?
Biologist Tom Flower explores how Earth's ecosystems are changing and, in particular, whether organisms can adapt to climate change.
We are facing an uncertain future as human-caused climate change impacts the Earth’s ecosystems. The planet will be altered, but will current biodiversity persist and will ecosystems continue to provide the services essential for humans and other organisms? Using evidence from the past and current research on the natural environment, Tom Flower explores how Earth’s ecosystems are changing and, in particular, whether organisms can adapt to climate change.
Tom Flower, PhD is a biology instructor at Capilano University and research associate at both the Centre for Wildlife Ecology (SFU) and the FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology (University of Cape Town). His research has explored diverse questions in animal behaviour, ecology and conservation, but invariably involves field work on animals in the wild including
meerkats, various African birds and B.C.’s own Steller’s jays. Currently, Tom is investigating how desert birds in South Africa are adapting their behaviour to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Part of the Capilano Universe lecture series, this presentation is free. Registration is not required, but seating is limited.
On Thursday April 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm (ends 8:45 pm)
Category: Attractions - Talks & Lectures
Venue: Burnaby Public Library, McGill Branch, 4595 Albert Street, Burnaby, V5C 2G6