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How to Protect Earth’s Biological Diversity Forever: Lessons from Maitreya Buddha, Pharma Bros, and Yucca Mountain

Thursday, November 12, 2020 @ 7:00 PM-8:30 PM


Academy of Science – Zoom

Free and OPEN to ALL. Junior Academy members and middle and high school students are welcome and encouraged to attend. Registration required! Register below for Zoom link to join this event. Event link sent w/confirmation email.

Featured Speaker: Adam B. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Scientist, Global Change Ecology, Center for Conservation and Sustainable Development, Missouri Botanical Garden

From the storage of nuclear waste and putting Wikipedia on the Moon, to burying Buddhist sutras for a future billions of years from now, societies have long struggled to ensure the perpetuation of their heritage. Today, global society faces a grand dilemma: biological diversity upon which we depend requires tens of millions of years to evolve, and yet we are currently driving species to extinction at rates that rival past mass extinctions. How can we ensure the persistence of these “living time capsules” that have the potential to be—for all practical purposes—immortal? Using examples from around the world of how societies have wrestled with this kind of quandary, Missouri Botanical Garden conservation ecologist and scientist, Dr. Adam Smith, tackles this critical dilemma.

Dr. Adam B. Smith is an associate scientist in Global Change Conservation at the Missouri Botanical Garden where he uses mathematical and geographic models to identify plants and animals that need conservation attention.

How to Protect Earth’s Biological Diversity Forever is a Science Seminar Series presentation of The Academy of Science – St. Louis and the Saint Louis Zoo. Science Seminar Series is underwritten in part with support from Boeing and the Employees Community Fund of Boeing St. Louis, sponsoring the full array of Academy STEM Teens programming.

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
7:00 PM-8:30 PM
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