Globalization and Biodiversity

Prof. David Ehrenfeld, MD, PhD

Rutgers University

Monday, November 17, 2003 - 1:15pm to 2:15pm

Room 105, Cargill Geonomics Building

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Economic globalization is a paradoxical phenomenon - spreading rapidly, yet fundamentally unstable. Globalization not only constitutes an overwhelming threat to the biodiversity of the planet, but it is altering the rationale for conservation in a way that would leave most of the earth's biota and ecosystems without a justification for preservation. All of this raises serious concerns about the fate of biodiversity after the inevitable collapse of globalization. 

David Ehrenfeld

David Ehrenfeld, MD, PhD, is Professor of Biology in the Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Natural Resources at Rutgers University. He has studied the behavior and sensory physiology of animal orientation and navigation in sea turtles. His most recent book is Swimming Lessons: Keeping Afloat in the Age of Technology (2002).