Lezing 'The Anthropocene: Planetary scale change to the biosphere, and the future well-being of planet Earth'

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09-12-2022 van 13:00 tot 14:00
Faculty Board Room, Building S2, campus Sterre, 3rd Floor , Krijgslaan 281 , 9000 Gent
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Department of Geology, Faculty of Sciences

Seminar by Mark Williams, the 2022 “Pal. Ass. exceptional lecturer”, discussing the wholesale reconfiguration of the biosphere in the Anthropocene.

Humans have halved the mass of the biosphere and concentrated most of the mass of terrestrial mammals in themselves and the animals that feed them. Of itself, this indicates an exceptional level of domination. To that we must add the systematic reconfiguration of ecosystems globally and the 1000s of species that have been translocated.

Many of these changes have left a palaeontological signature in the sedimentary record, one likely to be recognisable in most ecosystems of the world, and one which may help to define a new epoch of geological time, the Anthropocene. If sustained, this change may denote a state-shift in the structure of the biosphere. If it fails, it will likely be the result of excessive human consumption resulting in a mass extinction.

Prof Mark Williams (University of Leicester, UK) will discuss how palaeontology contributes to quantifying the degree of Anthropocene change, and how it can be used to influence our strategies towards a more sustainable relationship with nature

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