Ecological Systems in the Anthropocene
"Novel Climate-Novel Ecosystems: Effects of directional changes in precipitation amount and variability"
OSVALDO SALA, Julie A. Wrigley Professor of Life Sciences and Sustainability, Arizona State University
Before arriving at Arizona State University, Sala was the Sloan Lindemann Distinguished Professor of Biology and Founding Director of the Environmental Change Initiative at Brown University. Sala’s research focuses on responses of arid ecosystems to global changes and consequences on their ability to provide ecosystem services. His work is reflected in more than 200 publications, and he sits on a number of national and international leadership committees.
The Ecological Systems in the Anthropocene series, organized by HUCE faculty associate Elizabeth Wolkovich, Assistant Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, examines the future of social-environmental systems in a globe heavily impacted by humans. Each year the series will present a set of speakers and events (e.g., seminars, panels, debates) focused on one perspective under this theme.The theme for the first year is "Novel ecosystems, novel climates: Is today’s environment unprecedented?" Future years' themes will cover: ‘Will the sixth mass extinction ever end? Human imprints on the tree of life,’ ‘The future of engineered ecosystems: Crops’ and ‘The Anthropocene as the Homogene: Disease, invasive species, and globalization.’