Center for Global Humanities Lecture/Seminar Series

Conserving Nature in an Unnatural World

WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
Portland Campus
Kent Redford

Free and open to the public

Humans have become the dominant ecological and evolutionary force on earth. Nature is being affected by humanity, be it species, genes or ecosystems. To conserve nature, humans have been developing increasingly artificial methods, creating the tension of using the unnatural to conserve nature. New genetic technologies, such as synthetic biology, have many potential applications that may change human relations to the natural world, including, replacing natural products (e.g. vanilla, ambergris) with synthetic ones, reviving extinct species, and creating powerful tools to address wicked conservation problems. Creating a future for nature will require overcoming our reluctance to use technology to save nature.


WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavilion
716 Stevens Avenue
Portland, ME 04103
United States

Kent Redford Lecture

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