Allan Wilson Centre Lecture: Paul Ehrlich 

Wed 30 Oct 2013,  6pm–7pm
Soundings Theatre, Level 2
Free entry (registration essential)

Avoiding Global Collapse

In this Allan Wilson Centre lecture, renowned ecologist Paul Ehrlich discusses the ways in which cultural and genetic evolution have combined to take humans to the brink of collapse. Can we evolve our way out of it?

Professor Ehrlich discusses the ongoing legacy of New Zealander Allan Wilson in establishing humanity’s place in the natural world, and in the growing importance of understanding cultural evolution in influencing how Homo sapiens is changing that world and its own life-support systems.

He explains how the two kinds of evolution have interacted to create the human predicament – the imminent threat of a collapse of civilisation. He then discusses the evolutionary steps necessary to avoid that dénouement.

Paul Ehrlich is Bing Professor of Population Studies at Stanford University and President of Stanford’s Centre for Conservation Biology.

Registration essential

Please register by emailing, with ‘Wellington: Paul Ehrlich’ in the subject heading. Be sure to indicate how many tickets you would like.

Allan Wilson Centre Lecture Series

This lecture is part of a series organised by the Allan Wilson Centre for Molecular Ecology and Evolution.

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