[Mindset Public Talk] Dr Lesley Lancaster – Climate change, species range shifts, and biodiversity

We are pleased to announce that in September we will have a Mindset Public Talk – Climate change, range shifts, and the global distribution of resilience, by Dr Lesley Lancaster, Associate Professor at the University of Aberdeen, UK. In this talk, Dr Lancaster will discuss how climate-related shifts in species range shape global patterns of biodiversity, and the its implications in the context of current environmental change. More details below and in the attached flyer.

This event is one of Mindset’s Public Talks – monthly events that are generally held on the evening of the third Wednesday of each month. These talks are aimed to a general audience including academics, government officers, NGOs, people from the relevant industries, and any person with an interest for environmental issues. We are looking forward to see you in this and future Mindset events.

Please do join us and share this information with others who might be interested.

Mindset Public Talk, Sep 2017

Title: Climate change, range shifts, and the global distribution of resilience
Guest Speaker: Dr Lesley Lancaster
Date & time: Wed 20 Sep 2017, 6-7:30 pm
Venue: University of Nottingham Kuala Lumpur Teaching Centre (KLTC), Level 2, Chulan Tower, No 3 Jalan Conlay, Kuala Lumpur (GPS: 3.149604, 101.716449)
Organizer: Mindset, UNMC Interdisciplinary Centre for Environmental Studies
RSVP: Tue 18th Sep, Praveena.Chackrapani@nottingham.edu.my

Refreshments will be served after the talk Transport from and back to UNMC will be provided for students who register before Mon 18th Sep

[To avoid traffic hassle we encourage using public transport. The nearest stations to KLTC are Monorail’s Raja Chulan (11 min walking) and MRT’s Bukit Bintang (13 min)]

About the Talk

Under periods of climatic warming, many species shift their geographic ranges to higher latitudes, as poleward habitats just beyond their ancestral range become newly suitable. Widespread, net movements of a wide range of species in a poleward direction have occurred under both post-glacial colonisation events (within the past 10,000 years) and more rapidly and recently in response to contemporary climate change. However, the consequences of these range shifts for the global patterns of species or ecosystem resilience to environmental stressors has often been under appreciated. In this presentation I will discuss the processes by which climate-mediated range shifts shape global patterns of biodiversity and resilience at different latitudes. The results have wide-ranging implications for predicting how species and ecosystems at different latitudes may respond to further environmental change.

About the Speaker

Dr. Lesley Lancaster is a macroecologist and evolutionary biologist broadly interested in spatial ecology and evolutionary processes during periods of environmental instability. She completed a PhD at the University of California Santa Cruz, studying social evolution in lizards, a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) in Santa Barbara, California, where she studied plant diversification in a Mediterranean biodiversity hotspot, and a research fellowship at Lund University in Sweden, where she investigated range shifts and their consequences for thermal adaptation, using damselflies as a model system. She is now an Associate Professor at the University of Aberdeen, where she conducts research on the biology of climate change across a wide range on insect and plant study systems. You can find her on twitter at @Lancaster_LT.


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