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Project Title: Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: A Symposium

PIN: BISO-N-08-02-A         

Sub Unit:
Board on International Scientific Organizations

Collins, Margaret

Subject/Focus Area:

Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: A Symposium
February 9, 2009 - February 12, 2009
AAAS Building
1200 New York Ave
Washington DC 20001

If you would like to attend the sessions of this meeting that are open
to the public or need more information please contact:

Contact Name: Avihai Ostchega
Phone: 202-334-2517
Fax: 202-334-2231


A National Academy of Sciences Symposium
in honor of
The 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin

Twenty-first Century Ecosystems: Systemic Risk and the Public Good
An NAS Symposium on the Science and Policy for Managing the Living World Two Centuries after Darwin
Weds. February 11-Thurs. February 12, 2009
Opening Reception: Tues., Feb. 10, 6-8 p.m. at the NAS Koshland Museum, corner of 6th & E NW
The Symposium will be held in the AAAS Auditorium at 1200 New York Avenue, NW Washington, DC.
Organized by the US National Committee for DIVERSITAS
Wednesday, Feb. 11
Morning Session – Biodiversity and the Public Good
Afternoon Session - Trade, Pests and Pathogens in the 21st Century

Thursday, Feb. 12
Morning Session - Climate Change, Energy and 21st Century Ecosystems
Afternoon Session – Food, Agriculture, and 21st Century Ecosystems

The Organizing Committee will prepare an NAS Workshop Report on the Symposium, focusing on the relations between Ecosystems, Biodiversity, and their relevance to critical policy issues in a globalizing world.
Organizing Committee Members:

Peter Crane, Chair
Ann Kinzig
Tom Lovejoy
Harold Mooney
Charles Perrings

Online conference registration is open at this site. Watch for additional details at the USNC/DIVERSITAS website (;

Wednesday , February 11th
8.30-8:35 Welcome and Introduction Sir Peter Crane, John and Marion Sullivan University
Introductory Comments

8:35-8:45 Biodiversity, Ecosystems and the Global Decision Making: Hal Mooney , Paul S. Achilles Professor of Environmental Biology, Stanford University; Chair, DIVERSITAS Science Com.

8:45-9:00 Reflections on biodiversity and its future Peter Raven Director, Missouri Botanical Garden

9:00-9:20 Biodiversity and global environmental change Achim Steiner , Director, UNEP [via videolink]
SESSION 1 – Biodiversity and the Public Good

9:20-9:40 The ecological theatre and evolutionary play Michael Donoghue , Vice President and G. Evelyn Hutchinson Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

9:40-10:00 Microbial diversity and global geochemical cycles Paul Falkowski, Board of Governors' Professor of Marine and Geological Sciences, Rutgers

10:00-10:20 Biodiversity implications of rapid evolution Andrew Hendry , Associate Professor of Biology, McGill University

10:20-10:35 Questions/Discussion

10:35-10:50 Coffee break

10:50-11:10 Linking specimen data, modeling and policy José Sarukhán – Institute of Ecology, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

11:10-11:30 Marine Ecosystems and Ecosystem Services Mary Glackin – Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere

11:30-11:50 Valuing Nature: Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Steve Polasky – Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics, University of Minnesota

11:50-12:05 Questions/Discussion

12:05-12:35 Concluding remarks on the morning session Cristián Samper Director, National Museum for Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

12:35-2:00 Lunch

SESSION 2 – Trade, pests and pathogens in the 21st Century
Chair for Session 2 – Justin Ward Vice President for Business Practices, Conservation International Center for Environmental Leadership in Business

2:00-2:20 Trade and Invasive Species: A Global Perspective’ Charles Perrings Professor of Environmental Economics, Arizona State University

2:20-2:40 Trade and the spread of Animal pathogens Ann Marie Kimball, Professor of Epidemiology and Health Services, University of Washington and Director, Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Emerging Infections Network

2:40-3:00 Controlling invasive species through trade agreements: Phytosanitary controls Mark Lonsdale, Chief of CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, Australia

3:00-3:15 Questions/Discussion

3:15-3:35 Coffee break

3:35-3:55 Control of invasives in forests Ann Bartuska, Deputy Chief, US Forest Service Research and Development

3:55-4:15 Risk and the economic impacts of invasives Chris Costello, Associate Professor, Resource Economics, UC Santa Barbara

4:15-4:35 Risk assessment and risk management of aquatic invasive species David Lodge, Professor of Biology, University of Notre Dame

4:35-4:55 Questions/Discussion

4:55-5:25 Concluding comments on the day
Speakers Dinner
Thursday, February 12th 2009
Darwin’s 200th birthday

8:30-8:40 Welcome and Introductions Ann Kinzig , Associate Professor of Biology, Arizona State University
SESSION 3 - Climate Change, Energy and 21st Century Ecosystems

8:40-9:00 The impacts of climate change on biodiversity Steve Schneider, Professor of Biology and Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford University

9:00-9:20 Tropical forests and climate change Yadvinder Malhi, Professor of Ecosystem Science, Oxford University Centre for the Environment

9:20-9:40 Mountain ecosystems and climate change Christian Körner, Professor of Botany, University of Basel

9:40-9:55 Questions/Discussion

9:55-10:15 Coffee break

10 :15-10:35 Functional Diversity, Ecosystem Services and Global Change Sandra Díaz, Senior Permanent Research Fellow, Argentine National Council of Scientific and Technical Research (CONICET)

10:35-10:55 Biofuels, energy policy, and ecosystem risk David Tilman, Regents Professor and Distinguished McKnight University Professor, University of Minnesota

10:55-11: 15 TBD

11:15-11:30 Questions/Discussion

11:30-12:00 Concluding remarks on the morning session Bruce Babbitt , Former Secretary of the Interior

12:00-1:15 – Lunch

4 - Food, Agriculture, and 21st Century Ecosystems
Chair for Session 4 – Tom Lovejoy, President, The H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics, & the Environment

1:15-1:35 Agricultural systems and the provision of diverse services Alison Power Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University

1:35-1:55 Biofuels and Agricultural Sustainability Phil Robertson, Professor of Ecosystem Science, Michigan State University

1:55-2:15 Marine fisheries: is the glass half full or half empty? Boris Worm Assistant Professor in Marine Conservation Biology, Dalhousie University

2:15-2:35 Aquaculture, biodiversity, and ecosystem services TBD

2:35-2:55 Agriculture and agricultural landscapes in the 21st century Hans Herren, President, Millennium Institute

2:55-3:10 Questions/Discussion

3:10-3:30 Coffee break
5 - Biodiversity: International institutions, science and policy
Chair for Session 5 – Peter Crane

3:30-3:50 International cooperation on ecosystems and biodiversity Scott Barrett - Professor and Director of the Energy, Environment, Science and Technology Program, SAIS, Johns Hopkins University

3:50-4:20 Ecosystems, Policy Systems, and Media in the 21st Century Andrew Revkin, Environment Reporter, The New York Times

4:20-4:50 Perspectives from science and policy Jim Collins, Associate Director for Biological Sciences, NSF

4:50- 5:00 Questions/Discussion

5:00-5:20 Concluding comments on the day: Advocacy and Policy Rodger Schlickeisen, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife

5: 25 Concluding remarks and thanks Peter Crane