The value of nature in a warming world
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The Plymouth Linnean Lecture is held jointly between the School of Biological and Marine Science, University of Plymouth, and the Linnean Society of London. Please note that this is the postponed lecture from 2018 and now takes place in March 2019.

This year’s speaker is Professor Nathalie Seddon, Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology, University of Oxford and Senior Associate at the International Institute for Environment and Development, London. 

In her lecture entitled “The value of nature in a warming world”, Professor Seddon will discuss the role of nature as the bedrock of human health, wealth and wellbeing, and its role in subsidising the global economy for over 100 years. In spite of this, nature has not been considered to have any value and development has proceeded without any consideration for it. One of the goals of the universally adopted Sustainable Development Agenda is to “end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all”, and current attitudes to nature must change if this is to be possible: the value of nature must be central to decision making. Professor Seddon will highlight the now urgent need to achieve this in a warming world, and will explore the science behind the assertion that nature is our most powerful ally in fighting both the causes and consequences of climate change.

About the speaker

Professor Seddon read for her BA (Hons) Zoology and later completed her PhD at the University of Cambridge where she went on to hold a Junior Research Fellowship at Newnham College. She became a Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Oxford in 2005 working as an ecologist in tropical forest. In 2015 she was made Professor of Biodiversity, and in 2017 was awarded an NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellowship, which enables her to work at the science-policy interface, particularly focussing on climate change. Professor Seddon’s main research interests are the causes and consequences of biodiversity loss and climate change and how we might bring nature central to decision making in business and in government.


  • From 17:30 - Registration
  • 18:00 - Lecture starts
  • 19:15 - Lecture ends

Light refreshments will available after the event.

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