Human Origins and Humanity's Future: Past, Present and Future of the Anthropocene
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CARTA public symposia typically begin by emphasizing that the primary goal of Anthropogeny is to explore and understand where we humans came from, and how we got here. Consequently, we usually limit discussion of current day implications, and the question of where we are going as a species. This time we will focus on the long and short-term impact of humans on the planet that we inhabit, and the consequences for the future of our species. This also gives us the opportunity to celebrate the memory of the late Paul Crutzen, who coined the term “Anthropocene”. It is relevant to ask how a single species evolved the capacity to completely alter the surface of an entire planet and dominate its governing environmental and ecological processes. This symposium will bring together experts regarding human impact on the planet and also address the current and future implications for our species.
|Honoring Paul Crutzen, A Personal Appreciation||Veerabhadran Ramanathan, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego|
|How Humans Evolved the Capacity to Change the Entire Planet||Leslie Aiello, University College London|
|The Co-evolution of Humans and Domesticated Plants||Michael Purugganan, New York University|
|Ants and the Anthropocene||Mark Moffett, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History|
|The Coming Crisis of the Anthropocene||Charles Kennel, Scripps Institution of Oceanography and Cambridge University|
|The Ecology and Evolution of Infectious Diseases||Vanessa Ezenwa, Yale University|
|The Oceans and the Anthropocene||Nancy Knowlton, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History|
|We Alone||David (Jonah) Western, African Conservation Center, Nairobi Kenya|
|Potential Utopian and Dystopian Futures||Martin Rees, University of Cambridge|
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