March 7 2012

12:00 LSB 2320

Rodolfo Dirzo
Department of Biology, Stanford University

Empty Forests: Consequences for Species Interactions and Potential Significance for Human Welfare


Anthropogenic impact is leading to significant alterations of animal communities. Recent studies indicate that such defaunation is particularly dramatic in tropical ecosystems. To explore the consequences of such disturbances on plant-animal interactions and forest regeneration, I have been comparing Mexican tropical forests with contrasting degree of mammalian conservation, along with local-scale experimental manipulations. Recently, I have started to work with an interdisciplinary team to examine the possible linkages between defaunation and risks for human health. In this seminar I will report the on the progress of this work.















































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































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