Details

  • Date: December, 9
  • Time:13:00-14:00
  • Venue:ES123, South Campus, Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University
  • Language: English
  • Speaker: Professor Eben Goodale
  • Zoom Meeting ID:639 1605 4694

Abstract

Professor GOODALE obtained his BSc from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts. He has worked e.g. for the MIT, the NSF of Sri Lanka and the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden of the CAS.

He is interested in how behavior, particularly communication, affects the interactions between species, and how knowledge about such interactions can be integrated into conservation plans. Much of his work has been done on birds in Sri Lanka, but he has also conducted bird research in India, Papua New Guinea (PNG), and China, and has worked on aspects of communication in bees. He enjoys teaching, and has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in introductory biology, biodiversity, evolution and ecology at four institutions in the United States, and organized workshops in experimental design and statistics in Sri Lanka, PNG and China. His overall objective is to positively impact biodiversity conservation, in part by raising awareness about animals’ behavior and ecology, and in part by encouraging the next generation of scientists.

This lecture starts with a slide from my "Halloween" lecture in ecology class at Guangxi University, listing top threats to animals, with a particular focus on Asia. I then describe projects in Yunnan (rubber plantations) and Guangxi (agroecology) that focused on how animals can be preserved in human-dominated ecosystems. A project on mercury in Guizhou highlights ecotoxicological threats to wildlife. The lecture ends by talking about ways to encourage international collaboration between Asian countries, which share both biodiversity and the threats to it.