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Environment / Sustainability

SoGES presents population expert Paul R. Ehrlich

February 3, 2014

'Can a Collapse of Global Civilization be Avoided?' will be the topic of his free public lecture at the Griffin Concert Hall in the UCA.

Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies in the Department of Biology and president of the Center for Conservation Biology at Stanford University, and adjunct professor at the University of Technologyin Sydney, Australia, will speak on Feb. 17, 5-6 p.m. at the Griffin Concert Hall in the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.

The topic of his free, public lecture will be "Can a Collapse of Global Civilization be Avoided?"

In the past, numerous civilizations have collapsed due to environmental problems. Now, for the first time, a global collapse due to multiple drivers (overpopulation, over consumption by the rich, poor choices of technologies, etc.) threatens. A dramatic cultural change is needed for averting calamity.

Ehrlich's lecture is presented by the Colorado State University School of Global Environmental Sustainability.

Population biologist

Ehrlich does research in population biology, including ecology, evolutionary biology, behavior, and human ecology and cultural evolution. Ehrlich has carried out field, laboratory and theoretical research on a wide array of problems, ranging from the dynamics and genetics of insect populations; studies of the ecological and evolutionary interactions of plants and herbivores; and the behavioral ecology of birds and reef fishes, to experimental studies of the effects of crowding on human beings and studies of cultural evolution.

He is heavily involved in the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere and is author and coauthor of more than 1000 scientific papers and articles in the popular press and over 40 books. He may be best known for his 1968 work, The Population Bomb.

For questions regarding this lecture, contact Allison Burford, SoGES administrator and event coordinator, by email or call (970) 492-4215.

Contact: Alison Burford