Posted on 8 March 2019
The Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity examines how the relationship between humanity and the natural world is changing, and how we might develop and maintain a sustainable Earth. The 10 million pound funded Centre includes David Orton, Jon Finch and Kevin Walsh from Archaeology.
Human activities have caused the world’s physical and biological processes to change so significantly that we increasingly think of Earth as having entered a new geological epoch – the ‘Anthropocene’.
This disruption has resulted in the extinction of many species, but the Anthropocene is also a time of biological gains; it may eventually be considered one of the greatest boosts to biological diversity in history. We aim to understand the causes and consequences of biodiversity gains and losses, and inform and influence how society responds.
The Centre is a collaboration between twelve departments across the University of York including Archaeology and with researchers at Université de Sherbrooke, Australian National University and the University of St Andrews.
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