Understanding Biodiversity

Ecosystems are changing at a rate unprecedented in history, and new pressures are interacting to move systems into new states.

What are the real rates of species’ extinctions and impacts of key threatening processes that most imperil species?

What are the major evolutionary trajectories of species and how do they equip species to cope with the pressures of today?

What are the responses of biodiversity and ecosystems to habitat clearance, invasive species and climate change, and do we see evidence for resilience in these systems?


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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