Geodiversity matters for biodiversity, in theory and practice

  • Thu 5 May 22

    13:00 - 14:00

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM 3.1

  • Event speaker

    Joseph Bailey

  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Dr Dave Clark

There is increasing recognition of the important role of geodiversity – that is surface and subsurface landforms, hydrology, and geology – for understanding and managing biodiversity across spatial and temporal scales. This has been possible because of an increase in data and the advancement of geoprocessing techniques, providing us with an intimate view of geodiversity for its incorporation in biodiversity and species distribution modelling.

This talk engages with some of the empirical findings on geodiversity’s important role to date, as well as challenges and opportunities around the use of geodiversity data in ecology.

Finally, the potential of geodiversity in conservation (e.g. protected areas) will be discussed, recognising connections between geodiversity and biodiversity in practice.


Joseph Bailey is a lecturer at York St John University, UK. He is interested in the relationship between geodiversity (surface and subsurface landforms, hydrology, and geology) and patterns of life through space and time, addressing theoretical (e.g. biodiversity modelling) and practical (e.g. protected areas) questions. Relatedly, he is part of the Essential Geodiversity Variables project, aiming to more consistently measure geodiversity worldwide, with significance for sustainability and biodiversity conservation.

Joe is also the senior scientist for a study site in Transylvania, Romania (via Operation Wallacea) where the team studies change across multiple taxa in traditionally managed agricultural landscapes within a geo- and biodiverse Natura 2000 site. He is also the lead author for the British Ecological Society’s policy report on the government’s 30% protected areas by 2030 (‘30x30’) goal.

How to attend

This seminar is being held in person in STEM 3.1 (STEM Centre on Square 1, Colchester campus). You can also watch via Zoom (meeting ID: 925 4561 0277)

If you have any queries about this seminar please email Dr Dave Clark (david.clark@essex.ac.uk).

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