Renowned Biologists to Give Free Public Talk on Earth’s Tipping Point

Anthony D. Barnosky and Elizabeth A. Hadly will give the Science as a Way of Knowing lecture at UC Riverside on May 12

World-renowned scientists Elizabeth Hadly and Anthony Barnosky will explain in a public lecture on campus May 12 the growing threats to humanity as Earth edges towards a resource war for remaining space, food, energy and water.Photo courtesy of A. Barnosky.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Biologists Anthony D. Barnosky and Elizabeth A. Hadly will deliver the John A. and Betty C. Moore Science as a Way of Knowing lecture at the University of California, Riverside on Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Free and open to the public, their hour-long talk is titled “Tipping Point for Planet Earth – How Close Are We to the Edge?” It will begin at 5:30 p.m., in Rooms D-E, UCR Extension Center, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside, Calif.  A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk.  Parking is free for attendees.

Barnosky, a professor of integrative biology at UC Berkeley, and Hadly, a professor of biology at Stanford University, will discuss material from their recent book, “Tipping Point for Planet Earth – How Close Are We to the Edge?” (Thomas Dunne/St. Martins Press, 2016). They will explain the growing threats to humanity as Earth edges towards a resource war for remaining space, food, energy and water.

“These wars are not the nightmares of a dystopian future but are already happening today,” Barnosky said. “The planet is in danger now, but solutions are still available.”

In the book, Barnosky and Hadly explore the origins of Ebola in densely populated areas of southeastern Guinea, raging fires in Yellowstone and Colorado, and explain how drought-induced food shortages are already causing problems in the Sudan, Gaza Strip and Iraq. The book also explores the point at which inaction becomes the break-up of the intricate workings of our global society.

Book cover.

Book cover.

“We still have the chance to avoid the tipping point and to better the future,” said Hadly, who is married to Barnosky. “This window of opportunity, however, is closing fast, and will shut within 10-20 years.”

Barnosky, studies the evolution and extinction of species and how climate change and other disturbances impact earth’s ecosystems.  He has spent three decades conducting research related to past planetary changes, and what they mean for forecasting the changes to come on Earth in the next few decades.  A fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, he is the author of numerous scientific publications, op-eds, and blog posts.

Hadly, a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, has been recognized with many awards in research, education and outreach, most recently the Miriam Aaron Roland Volunteer Service Prize. She is the Paul S. and Billie Achilles Chair of Environmental Biology at Stanford University.  She has spent more than 25 years studying environmental change in natural landscapes all over the world.  The author/coauthor of more than 100 scientific studies, she actively communicates her science to the public in a wide variety of venues.

Their lecture is co-sponsored by UCR’s Department of Biology, University Honors and the Global Issues Forum.

The John A. and Betty C. Moore Science as a Way of Knowing lecture series was established in 1997 to bring outstanding scientists to campus who are especially recognized for their contributions to society and especially to science education. John Moore was a professor in the Department of Biology from 1969 until his death in 2002. He was widely recognized for his contributions to the teaching of science. He authored “Science as a Way of Knowing,” the seven-volume series still used by scientists around the world for teaching from the high school to the graduate school level.

For more information about the lecture series or the May 12 talk, please call (951) 827-5089.

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