Bioethics of Species Conservation

From pandas to parasites, how should we define species and which should we save?

Our planet is facing one of the biggest extinction events in its history, with conservative estimates suggesting that a species goes extinct every hour. If we are to conserve the earth’s shrinking biodiversity we must first determine how we define a species. And then, if we can’t save them all, how can we decide which ones to conserve? Mackenzie Kwak is a zoologist at La Trobe University with a research focus on the discovery and documentation of new species. Join him for an examination and discussion of how we make sense of species and which ones we should prioritise in the fight against extinction.


TAGS: environment, conservation, science, biodiversity, ethics

Starts: May 19, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick

Bioethics of Species Conservation

May 19, 2016 Lecturer: Mackenzie Kwak
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes