Linking Biodiversity and Sustainability Across Natural and Managed Landscapes: Can agriculture and natural communities be complementary?
Date: April 23, 2012
Location: Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship, room 121
An Earth Day Symposium sponsored by the Purdue Center for the Environment to explore research frontiers for complex landscapes of interacting agricultural and natural communities.
Human impacts have accelerated loss of biological diversity in both natural and managed landscapes. Our local landscape in Indiana is now a mosaic of genetically homogenous crops, expanding urban patches, and shrinking remnants of natural forest and prairie. Although we understand little about how these ecological communities interact, recent research provides evidence that the preservation of native biodiversity (e.g., pollinators and natural predators) promotes stability in managed systems and that agricultural practices have significant impacts on neighboring natural areas. This symposium will bring together leaders in the field from around the country and Purdue to promote research leading to strategies for conserving biological diversity and productivity.