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Novel ecoinformatic approaches to help monitor and solve the biodiversity crisis

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In recent decades understanding of the magnitude and drivers of biodiversity change has improved significantly. Gaps in geography and taxonomy remain, as well as differences in change according to scale, methodology, and metric, but regardless anthropogenic activity is undoubtedly causing a marked rearrangement of the biosphere. Despite this increase in knowledge however, at the global level our economic and political efforts to mitigate human impacts on the biosphere have so far been insufficient. We now urgently need new ideas, tools, and approaches to help solve the biodiversity crisis.

In this talk I will discuss a number of my projects, each aiming to provide the new ideas and tools we need. I will cover real-time monitoring of human-nature interactions using online data, ecosystem service risk via pollinator biodiversity change, compounded uncertainty intervals of ecosystem service risk, the synthesis of evidence through dynamic meta-analyses, and text-mining for the synthesis of ecological data. I will conclude by envisioning a potential way forward for biodiversity monitoring and action, combining emerging ideas in global biodiversity monitoring systems, spatial finance, central bank digital currencies, carbon quantitative easing, and the global carbon reward. I will suggest that central bank coordination and biodiversity priced on systemic risk, as opposed to consumption via ecosystem services, might be a means through which anthropogenic pressure can be reduced towards bending the curve of biodiversity loss.

This talk is part of the Zoology Departmental Seminar Series series.

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