GIFT-2011 : Evolution and Biodiversity

mercredi 29 septembre 2010
par  Laurence Chapon
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The EGU Committee on Education celebrates 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin and 150 years after publication of “The Origin of Species” with a GIFT workshop on “Evolution and Biodiversity”. In the “Evolution” portion of the workshop, historical aspects of the theory of evolution will be addressed as well as modern views provided by molecular genetics studies that have been developed in the last 10-15 years. These studies provide confirmation of the theory of evolution and allow major aspects of it to be much better understood. Relationships to major geological events, such as the Snowball Earth and its deglaciation will be explored along with climatic influences on rhe critical intervals in Late Pleistocene human evolution. Special attention will be paid to human evolution. A number of hands-on activities that allow for introduction of critical concepts into the classroom will also be demonstrated

Another major aspect of the GIFT-2011 workshop will be devoted to “Biodiversity” – the biological richness of an ecosystem – that is the product of nearly 3.5 billion years of evolution. On Dec. 20, 2006 the General Assembly of the UN declared 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity. In the present Anthopocene, species are being lost at rates far higher than natural extinction rates, to the point that some ecologists believe that we are witnessing the sixth great extinction wave of our planet. Some of the vast resources made available during this year will be accessed for developing with the teachers educational aspects of biodiversity and its conservation.


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