We Need to Talk About Extinction

  • Thursday 27 May, 12.30-13.30 BST

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Nature is declining globally at an unprecedented rate. The primary driver of extinction is human land-use change, over half of which is to make way for agriculture.

Over one million plant and animal species are predicted to face extinction in the coming decades – however, most extinctions seem to go unnoticed by many of us. In this event, discover the importance of museum collections in understanding and preventing the extinction of organisms that form the bedrock of our ecosystems, and why it should matter to us all.

About the speakers

Dr Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg is an artist examining humankind's relationships with nature and technology. Through artworks, writing and curatorial projects, she explores subjects as diverse as artificial intelligence, exobiology, synthetic biology, conservation, biodiversity and evolution. She is a resident at Somerset House Studios, London, and is working on a major new commission for the Eden Project for 2021.

Dr Ana Claudia Araujo is a plant researcher and taxonomist at the Natural History Museum. Having begun her career in Brazil studying tropical plants, she has over 30 years of experience with herbarium collections, collecting and identifying flowering plant species in diverse vegetation. She is a world-leading expert on the Sedge family, and is currently working on projects to assess plant vulnerability to climate change in the UK and tropics.

Dr Blanca Huertas is the senior curator of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths) at the Natural History Museum. She is a specialist in taxonomy and conservation of tropical butterflies and works actively in various projects across the world, having discovered several new species for science. Having over 60 scientific publications, her work has contributed to the establishment of protected areas in Colombia and has been featured in UK and international media.

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