October 10, 2024: IRES Student Seminar with Alberto Campos

1. Deep rewilding: enhancing the biosphere’s capacity to sustain life

2. Second speaker details TBA!

Time: 12:30pm to 1:20pm

Location: Beaty Museum Allan Yap Theatre (Basement, 2212 Main Mall). Please check in at front desk on main floor before going downstairs.

No food or drinks allowed in the Theatre.

Click here for Zoom link. Zoom will be terminated if we encounter tech problems 5 to 10 mins into the seminar.


Talk summary:

Rewilding is emerging as a powerful concept to alleviate the combined extinction and climate crises, by restoring biological complexity to enhance ecological interactions and ecosystem services. I will discuss the need for a broader vision of rewilding that can encompass all kinds of habitats – from wildlands to agroecosystems to urban habitats – aiming at ‘increasing wildness, everywhere’ for the benefit of all beings. Based on deep ecological theory and recognizing the inherent value of wildlife in regulating and regenerating the biosphere, deep rewilding seeks to develop management practices that could recover ecosystem functions and services, using Pleistocene biotic communities that coevolved together for millions of years as inspiration, not as targets. I will argue that there is an important role for deep rewilding in planning and conducting long-term rewilding processes, illustrated by marine and terrestrial examples, and a large-scale experiment in Brazil.   

Alberto Alves Campos, IRES PhD Candidate

Bio:

Alberto is a PhD candidate in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability, supervised by Dr. Kai Chan, with a Vanier Canada graduate scholarship. As a conservation biologist, Alberto co-founded the NGO Aquasis (www.aquasis.org) and worked as its principal Director for nearly 20 years, promoting endangered species and habitat conservation in Brazil. He has received three Conservation Leadership Awards and the prestigious Future for Nature Award. In 2017 Aquasis received the Brazilian National Biodiversity Award for downlisting endangered species in the Brazilian and IUCN red lists, and for the long-term commitment with biodiversity conservation and community engagement.


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