Measuring Biodiversity

Despite the catastrophic loss of species, we still don’t monitor the levels of biodiversity or ecosystems in an internationally agreed or consistent way, and this information is not often used to direct conservation action.

How can we best track the stocks and changing condition of biodiversity and ecosystems? Can we use citizen science to increase knowledge of and interest in ecosystems? What systems are available for accessing historical and ongoing information on biodiversity and ecosystems?

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About Prof Andy Lowe

Prof Andy Lowe is a British-Australian scientist and expert on plants and trees, particularly the monitoring, management and utilisation of genetic, biological and ecosystem resources. He has discovered new species, lost forests, championed to eliminate illegally logged timber in global supply chains, served the UN’s Office of Drugs and Crime and has been responsible for securing multi-million dollar research funding. He is an experienced and respected executive leader, as well as mid-career mentor. Andy is the inaugural Director of Food Innovation at the University of Adelaide serving as the external face for all significant food industry and government sectors across South Australia, and the world.
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