What has marine biodiversity ever done for us?
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Join the Ocean Conservation Trust with Professor of Marine Zoology John Spicer, who will be discussing the benefits and value of marine biodiversity, and the free resources that it provides.

Professor Spicer is a world-renowned expert on the effects of climate change on marine organisms, having worked in the field for more than 30 years. He will be discussing the highlights of his new book "Biodiversity: A Beginner’s Guide", which explores the challenges facing global biodiversity and the actions which need to be taken to preserve it. 

Writing in 'Biodiversity: A Beginner’s Guide', Professor Spicer describes biodiversity as “the variety of life – in all its manifestations”. However, he says all of that life is under considerable threat from factors ranging from population explosions and habitat destruction, to climate change and mass extinctions.

Published by Oneworld, 'Biodiversity: A Beginner’s Guide' is a revised and updated edition of a book written by Professor Spicer and released in 2006. One of the few introductory books on the subject aimed at the general reader, it now includes a new section on the Anthropocene and its impact, and is thoroughly updated with research carried out in the 15 years since the original was published.

The free talk starts at 18:00 and is open to all. It will be delivered via Zoom - please register your place via the OCT event page.

This event is organised by the Ocean Conservation Trust and National Marine Aquarium.

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