If extinctions have been rule in the past, extinctions are certainly a rule today. With extinction rates
possibly exceeding 100 times the baseline rates of non-human eras, as deduced by paleontologists from
fossil records, we can assure ourselves that humans play a major role in today’s so called ‘6th mass
extinction event’ in Earth’s history (the 5th event meaning the end of the dinosaurs – and the rise of the
mammals). Many drivers lay at the foundation of this current mass extinction event, including
climate change, land-use change, poaching, and deliberate or accidental introduction of non-native
species into fragile environments. In this session we will go into some of these drivers with experts from Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden. This session is part of the UvA honours Course ‘Extinction’ but is open for all who are interested in the topic.
Gasten : Marco Roos is doing research on plant diversity & biogeography. Bert Hoeksema works on marine diversity and coral ecosystems. Both are senior experts at Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden.
O.l.v. : Bertus Tulleners & Joris Buis (Instituut voor Interdisciplinaire Studies, UvA).