The Anthropocene perspective that humans are integral to the Earth system releases us from the mind-set that human impacts are wholly negative.
However, humans are unlikely to leave change entirely to chance.
This programme considers whether we can build a future in which humans foster further gains in biodiversity, without compromising human wellbeing or risking historic biodiversity.
This programme will build as the Centre develops, with the implications of the results and conclusions from the Biodiversification, Philias and phobias, and Utility programmes feeding into Moulding the future.
Areas of interest
- Society-biodiversity feedbacks, aiming to analyse and model feedbacks between human attitudes, benefits humans obtain from nature, and biological diversification; seeking ways to facilitate the future growth of beneficial elements of biodiversity.
- The ideal climate, considering the desirability of returning to pre-industrial temperatures, or would a different temperature trajectory be preferable?
- Conservation and cultivation, given that some elements of biodiversity are growing in the Anthropocene, what approaches to environmental thinking and management could we adopt if we wish to increase biodiversity further?
Dr Sarah Bezan - My research demonstrates how contemporary creative representations of species loss and revival are radically reshaping cultural imaginaries of the Anthropocene.
Katie Noble - Food production exists at the intersection of nature, society and technology. My PhD research focuses on the environmental and social dimensions of cultured meat.
Megan Tarrant - My PhD research focuses on rights-based approaches to conservation, and the role of environmental knowledge in environmental justice.
Dr Brennen Fagan
My current LCAB projects are studying the robustness of food webs, translocations, and interactions between food webs with Dr Jon Pitchford. The ultimate goal is to understand the sensitivity of food webs to translocations so that artificial food webs can be engineered safely and reliably.