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Dr. H. Bruce Rinker, BRI’s director of scientific advancement and development, will speak at the 4th international EcoSummit in Columbus, Ohio (September 30 to October 5, 2012) on forest systems and Gaia theory.
The theme of the EcoSummit will be “Restoring the Planet’s Ecosystem Services.” Plenary speakers will include E.O. Wilson and Jared Diamond. Details may be found at http://www.ecosummit2012.org/.
During the week-long gathering, Dr. Rinker will also meet with participating colleagues from México’s National Institute of Ecology (INE). INE and BRI are completing details on a memorandum of understanding that will allow BRI researchers to establish long-term scientific studies throughout México related to various conservation issues.
About 1500 delegates from 75 countries will be expected at the conference with 600 invited presentations in 65 symposia from around the world. In addition, 21 forums and workshops on practical issues related to improving our environment and another 850 general sessions and poster presentations will be offered. Dr. Rinker’s talk will be part of a program entitled “Terrestrial Ecosystem Services.”
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