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James Rosindell - Making up our Minds about Extinction

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Friday 25 February 2022, 3-5pm GMT

Making up our Minds about Extinction

Dr James Rosindell

It is well known that humans are causing the extinction of species at an unprecedented rate. It is obvious to many of us that we should take steps to mitigate this catastrophe, and that our joint efforts so far have not been enough. A less obvious problem is making up our minds what we want. Are all species equally important to save? Do we mind if species are safe from extinction but remain extremely rare?  Should we take a gamble on the unknown in the hope we can save more species, or should we play it safe? What is a species anyway? This lecture will expose the hidden, multifaceted and subjective questions that we must make up our minds about if we are to direct our conservation efforts in best way that we can.

Speaker bio: James Rosindell is a Reader in Biodiversity Theory at Imperial College London. He is a co-founder, and current chair, of the charity OneZoom ( which aims to provide easy access to scientific knowledge about biodiversity and evolution and raise awareness about the variety of life on earth together with the need to conserve it. 

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This talk will be recorded and posted to the CELCE YouTube channel following the talk.

This event is part of the Seminar series connecting the themes of the Centre for Endangered Languages, Cultures and Ecosystems and the Extinction Studies doctoral training program