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First CBioClima's Workshop was about Natural History

The Center for Research on Biodiversity Dynamics and Climate Change (CBioClima) brought together more than 150 registrants in its first annual workshop. The event took place on November 21st and 22nd, 2023, in a hybrid format, at the Bioscience Institute of the Universidade Estadual Paulista (Unesp), with the theme “Natural history: from genes to ecosystems”.

Aimed at scientists and the general public, the event featured lectures from several CBioClima researchers, addressing innovative strategies using omic sciences to survey and analyze biodiversity in its most diverse applications.

The objective of the annual workshops is to present the Research Center's progress, based on its four workpacks: Synthesis and big data; Natural history: from genes to ecosystems; Dimensions of biodiversity and; Microbiome for sustainable solutions.

At the opening of the event, the director of CBioClima, professor Dr. Patricia Morellato, explained that each workshop will deal with one of these workpacks. “I thank the entire natural history group, who organized our first event to bring together everyone who is participating in CEPID. Afterwards, we will have the other areas as well, referring to the four work packages we have. Today, we started with this workpack”.


The first lecture, with the theme “Repurposing herbarium specimens for studies of climate change”, was given by researcher from the University of Florida, professor Dr. Pamela Soltis.

The following day, Morellato presented CBioClima's perspectives and started the program, which included other new lectures. The researchers presented, above all, different methods of empirical approach to the dynamics of biodiversity.

The event was broadcast online and recordings of the lectures, held in Portuguese and English, are available on the STAEPE IB Rio Claro channel.

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