Sustainable Conservation: Bridging the gap between disciplines


15-Mar-2010 - 18-Mar-2010

Which will be held 15-18 March 2010 in Trondheim, Norway.

Deadline for registration is 20 January: http://www.biodivconf.ccb2010.no/


The conference is organized by the Centre Conservation Biology at the
Norwegian University for Science and Technology (NTNU) and is part of
the
250th Anniversary of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and
Letters.

The goal of the conference is to:

- Present the scientific basis for a sustainable conservation of natural
resources.

- Focus on the process of extinction and management actions that can
increase the lifetime of populations at the local and regional level.

- Identify common principles for a sustainable management that also can
ensure conservation.


Speakers:

Prof. Ilka Hanski, University of Helsinki, Finland
Prof. Georgina Mace, Imperial College, London, UK
Prof. Stuart Pimm, Duke University, USA
Prof. Hugh Possingham, The Ecology Centre, Univ. of Queensland,
Australia
Prof. Steve R. Beissinger, University of Berkley, USA
Dr. Hal Caswell, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, USA
Prof. Kjell Danell, Swedish Univ. of Agricultural Sciences, Umeň, Sweden
Dr. John M. Drake, University of Georgia, USA
Prof. Stephen P. Ellner, Cornell University, USA
Prof. Steinar Engen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Prof. William. F. Fagan, University of Maryland , USA
Prof. John M. Fryxell, University of Guelph, Canada
Distinguished Professor Stephen. L. Hubbell, Univ. of California, Los
Angeles, USA
Dr. Peter Kareiva, The Nature Conservancy, USA
Prof. Russell Lande, Imperial College, London, UK
Dr. Thomas Lovejoy, The Heinz Center
Dr. Jane Reid, University of Aberdeen, UK
Prof. William J. Sutherland, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof. David Tilman, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr. Henri Weimerskirch, CNRS - Centre nat. de la recherchÚ scientifique,
France

The conference will bring leading researchers from around the world to
present and discuss the scientific basis for a sustainable
conservation of
natural resources. In particular, we will focus on the process of
extinction
and management actions that can increase the lifetime of populations
both at
the local and regional level. A central goal for the conference will
be to
identify common principles for a sustainable management that also can
ensure
conservation.

The conference will be composed of four plenary talks that will
provide a
general overview of some broader issues related to sustainable
conservations
and four sessions which include talks of invited speakers, contributed
talks
and posters.

The first session will provide some general overviews of why conserving
biodiversity. We will examine scientific evidence for system effects on
changes in the biodiversity at the genetic, population and species
level.

The second session will consider the five major threats for the Earth's
biodiversity: habitat degradation and fragmentation, climate change,
introduction of alien species, pollution and over-exploitation. Our
aim will
be to present key-studies that give quantitative examples on how these
drivers affect biodiversity at the genetic, population and/or ecosystem
level.

Session 3 will deal with development of effective tools for predicting
changes in biodiversity. In this section we will focus on how models
can be
used to predict changes in species composition or population
viability, and
how parameterization of these models often will require
interdisciplinary
collaboration between biology, mathematical and social sciences. We will
focus on carefully selected model studies, which can be used as
examples for
such integration among different disciplines.

In the last section we will review practical examples in which
management of
biodiversity is based on principles integrating cross-disciplinary
collaboration, where we will emphasize studies in which conservation and
sustainable use of biodiversity are based on a science-based integrated
approach unifying different science disciplines.

The program will include a mixture of talks by invited speakers and
contributed talks by participants. In addition, there will be a poster
session.

Henrik Jensen, PhD
Centre for Conservation Biology
Department of Biology
Norwegian University of Science and Technology
N-7491 Trondheim
NORWAY

Office: +47 73596949
Mobile: + 47 91897064
Fax: +47 73596100

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