Sir Julian Huxley Lecture 2019–Sixty Years in Asian Rainforests: How Systematics could Support their Anthropocene Future

The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
0207 434 4479 ext 211

Please note that due to unforeseen circumstances the date of this lecture has now changed from 16 October to the 14 November. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

EVENING LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Thursday 14 November 2019

In association with The Systematics Association.

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Renowned naturalist, forest botanist and one of the founders of tropical ecology, Peter Ashton, recounts how ten years spent living in Borneo opened the opportunity to master a complex flora and to specialise in the family of dominant canopy emergent trees, the Dipterocarpaceae, to interpret its floristic ecology and history. The results have spanned 60 years and have significantly impacted our current understanding of forest structure and ecology in the tropical Asian region. The resulting body of research covers a broad range of fields including systematics, natural history, interactions with other organisms, evolutionary history, species diversity, biogeography and past and present human impact. This talk will explore hypotheses explaining patterns of species diversity in the Asian tropical forests and subsequent to the events of the past 60 years, how have events constrained continuing research, and what must our priorities be for ensuring an Anthropocene future for this biome, its inhabitants and its students?

Peter Ashton FLS is the Charles Bullard Professor of Forestry at Harvard University, and is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. He is the former director of The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Registration is essential. Seats will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Doors will open at 17:30.
  • Tea will be served in the Library from 17:30 and the event will be followed by a white wine reception.
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