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Speaker: Dr Robert Ewers, Reader in Ecology, Imperial College London
This talk will present new models of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, including an examination of the roles played by the logging industry and the rapid development of road networks across this rapidly developing frontier. Dr Ewers will then link those models to biological models to quantify the historical, and predict the future, patterns of local extinction and extinction debt of forest-dependent vertebrates.
Dr Rob Ewers is a Reader in Ecology and Imperial College London, where he studies tropical forest ecology. He has studied deforestation in the Amazon for the past eight years, collaborating closely with key NGOs in Brazil to help develop deforestation models. Rob also established and leads the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) Project in Malaysian Borneo, one of the world’s largest ecological experiments examining the impacts of forest fragmentation on the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of tropical land use change.