Seminar of Department of Botany and Centre of Excellence EcolChange
Speaker: Dr. Enrico Tordoni (Department of Botany, University of Tartu)
Title of the talk: Tetrapod diversity in jeopardy in the Anthropocene
Time: Thursday, 25 November 2021 at 14.15
Place: Tartu, Lai 40-218 (mandatory for everyone to wear a mask), or virtual seminar in Zoom
Summary: Human activities have eroded biodiversity, yet the varying influence of past versus recent impacts across the distinct facets of biodiversity (taxonomic, phylogenetic and functional diversity) is still poorly understood. In this seminar, I will provide an overview on how the varying geography of the timing of agriculture expansion since the Neolithic affected the multifaceted diversity, which was synthesized across more than 17,000 tetrapod species using a new diversity index called mu-Diversity. The long-lasting effect of humans in biodiversity will only accelerate, with a 60% of regions hosting high mu-Diversity, mainly in tropical Africa and India, being disproportionally exposed to both future climate and land-use change.