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UIS to host discussion of floodplain conservation and biodiversity
November 9, 2005
SPRINGFIELD – “The Paraná River Floodplain and Conservation: Sustaining Biodiversity in Brazil” is the topic of a lecture to be presented from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 16, in conference room F, lower level of the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program is free and open to the public.
UIS is presenting the program as part of its Emiquon Field Station initiative. Featured speaker will be Dr. Sidinei Thomaz from Maringá State University, Brazil.
Brazil’s Upper Paraná floodplain is the only stretch of the river that has not been dammed, making it a special site for biodiversity study and conservation. As of 2004, approximately 3,000 species of plants and animals had been registered in the area; however experts agree that the figure is far too low, as additional species are continually being uncovered. Brazilian environmental agencies have recognized the ecological importance of the Upper Paraná and its floodplain, and three conservation units have been created to protect the area. Unfortunately the region is also suffering the impact of fires, cattle ranches, deforestation, and the introduction of non-native species – all leading to changes in the ecosystem, the extent of which are difficult to predict.
In December 2001, UIS Associate Professor of Biology Michael Lemke was an invited participant in an international project to initiate scientific study of the Paraná in conjunction with the University of Maringa. Lemke is also a founding member of UIS’ Emiquon Field Station, located on a bluff overlooking the site of the Nature Conservancy’s planned restoration of 7,000 acres of Illinois River floodplain to its pre-Civil War state.
Dr. Thomaz’ appearance at UIS is sponsored by the UIS Speaker’s Awards Committee and the Emiquon Field Station through the Friends of Emiquon.
Dr. Thomaz will repeat his presentation at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, November 17, at The Nature Conservancy Office, 301 SW Adams St., Suite 1007, Peoria.
For more information, contact Lemke at 206-7339
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