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May 10, 2023

12:00 pm 1100 TLSB

Erika Zavaleta
UC Santa Cruz

" The interdependence of biological and cultural diversity "

Conservation science can best succeed by tackling biodiversity, climate and equity challenges together. I will describe research on the consequences of climate-driven species losses, and the roles of biocultural approaches in protecting and restoring biodiversity in California. As climate change advances, it is both reducing some species’ movement and increasing the need for others to move as an adaptive response. I will discuss climate change effects on movement in organisms ranging from migratory birds to trees, and evolving guidance for how to adapt conservation action to the accelerating pace of change. Finally, I will describe programs to expand access to conservation science in order to harness diversity’s value for more durable and just solutions.


The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at UCLA acknowledges our presence on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Gabrielino/Tongva peoples.

Host: Paul Barber & EEB Graduate Students