The Value of Nature in a Warming World


REGIONAL LECTURE 18:00–19:00 Wednesday 14 March 2018

Plymouth Linnean Lecture

The Annual Plymouth Linnean Lecture series is held jointly between the School of Biological and Marine Science, University of Plymouth, and the Linnean Society of London, and serves to bring high-level scientists in conservation, ecology and natural history to the South West. This year marks our fifth anniversary of this event, and we hope that it will be very well attended! Our Lectures are free to attend, but you will need to register using the link below They are suited to anyone of any background and you do not need any background or experience in biology to understand them.

This year’s speaker is Professor Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford. Professor Seddon read for her B.Sc (Hons) Zoology and later completed her Ph.D at the University of Cambridge, where she held a Junior Research Fellowship at Newnham College. She became a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2005 and became a University Lecturer in 2009. She was made Professor of Biodiversity in 2015, and is also a Tutorial Fellow at Wadham College. In 2017 she was awarded an NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, which enables her to work at the science-policy interface, particularly focusing on climate change. Professor Seddon’s main research interests are the cause sand consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change.

In her lecture entitled “The value of nature in a warming world”, Professor Seddon will discuss the role of nature as the bedrock of human health, wealth and wellbeing, and its role in subsidising the global economy for over 100 years. In spite of this, nature has not been considered to have any value and development has proceeded without any consideration for it. One of the goals of the universally adopted Sustainable Development Agenda is to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all”, and current attitudes to nature must change if this is to be possible: the value of nature must be central to decision making. Professor Seddon will highlight the now urgent need to achieve this in a warming world, and will explore the science behind the assertion that nature is our most powerful ally in fighting both the causes and consequences of climate change.

To attend this lecture you will need to book via the link