THE 14TH IPB TALKS – POST REPORT
Human reconfiguration of the biosphere: a sustainable or unsustainable pattern in the Anthropocene? Prof. Mark Williams from School of Geography, Geology and the Environment, University of Leicester, UK has delivered his findings on the specified topic at The 14th IPB Talks on Complexity and Sustainability Sciences: “Human Modified Landscape” on Thursday, August 30th, 2018. With Anthropocene as one of his primary research themes, Prof William interests in particular ranges within the co-evolution of life and planet Earth, and how the biosphere is now fundamentally changing as a result of human activity. Co-authoring two popular science books that examine the evolution of the Earth’s climate over 4 billion years (The Goldilocks Planet, 2012) & oceans evolution on Earth and other planets (Ocean Worlds, 2014), he was assigned as then-lecturer in Geoscience at the University of Portsmouth, where teaching and research interests include palaeobiology of exceptionally preserved fossil faunas from Britain and China; palaeoclimate elucidated from fossils; Antarctic palaeobiology and climate; tracking Pacific tsunami; and geoarchaeology. Prof. William too has been granted distinctions/awards/achievements of Alexander von Humboldt Fellow and Chartered Geologist & Fellow of the Geological Society. In regard of the discussion focus, quoted, human modification of the biosphere is profound and manifested by a global pattern of species trans-locations, by modification of animal and plant species, some of which have grown to huge populations, by changes to entire ecosystems, and by our appropriation of about a third of total net primary productivity. Roots of humankind impact on the biosphere and how this has developed over time, how it manifests at present in an Anthropocene context, and what possible future trajectories there may be, were examined in this discussion.
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