The biodiversity implications of climate change events are very grave and a whole suite of catastrophes have been predicted; from massive changes in ecosystems, die-offs of whole communities and mass extinctions of many plants and animals. This comes at a time when mankind is only beginning to realise that Earth’s biodiversity is not just more substantial than we have presumed, but far greater than anything we could have imagined. As scientists rush to discover and document new species and ecosystems, they find the ‘rug being pulled from under them’ due to man’s relentless changes to the environment! Nevertheless, the stark reality of the matter is that biodiversity and natural history will survive regardless of how humans mess up the planet. As the systems we know collapse and species die, new ones will replace them eventually – nature has a resilience that mankind always underestimates. The unpleasant question we need to ask instead is this: ‘Can humankind, as know it, survive climate change and how?’
Profile of speaker:
Peter Ng did his PhD in the National University of Singapore as a part-timer when he was still an education officer in the Ministry of Education in the 1980s. He joined NUS in 1990, and has been involved in systematics research, primarily with crabs and fish over the last 19 years. He also works on a wide variety of different biodiversity issues, including environmental and conservation biology. He is on the editorial board of many international journals, as well as a member of various international biological organizations, notably the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature.
Time and place:
29 Sep 2009 at National University of Singapore, LT 31 Blk S16, 6.30pm – 8pm
Admission is free but registration is required. Light refreshments will be served after the talk. More details can be found here.