Global Biodiversity Center IGNITE Biodiversity
In the IGNITE format each speaker presents 20 slides in 5 minutes, and as an entertaining bonus the slides progress automatically every 15 seconds (whether or not the speaker is ready). Approximately fifteen scientists from CSU and agencies will speak about their work on a diversity of organisms (microbes, plants, insects, amphibians, birds, carnivores, ungulates, and elephants) and topics relating to biodiversity, including climate change, invasives, conservation genetics, community solutions, and ethics. This year, speakers are encouraged to incorporate the themes of “Action and/or Human Well-Being” into their talks, as they relate to biodiversity.
Biodiversity is the variation of all life on earth, from genes and species to communities and ecosystems. Biodiversity can be studied from the local to global scale and across the many levels of organization (genes to ecosystems). In all systems, aquatic to terrestrial and managed to natural, biodiversity maintains life on our planet and underpins the ecosystem services vital to human well-being, including food, carbon storage, climate regulation and aesthetics and cultural support. However, human activities threaten this biodiversity and species extinction continues to increase.