If we could…should we?
Earth is experiencing the sixth great extinction, this one created largely by us. Fortunately, human beings now have the tools to potentially undo some of the damage we have caused. New technologies could preserve vanishing species and habitats and even bring back extinct species like the passenger pigeon, the woolly mammoth and our beloved Tassie tiger.
However, the case for de-extinction is complicated. Do we try everything we can or are resources better spent addressing the escalating human impact on our current wildlife and saving what we’ve got? Join our panel of experts for a robust conversation exploring the possibilities of de-extinction science and the compelling question – just because we can, should we?
Robyn Williams is a science journalist and broadcaster resident in Australia who has hosted a variety of programs on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) including Ockham's Razor and The Science...View Profile
Thomas Hildebrandt is a leading expert on wildlife reproduction management. Since 1997, he has been the head of reproduction management at the Leibnitz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research (IZW)...View Profile
Andrew Pask is an Associate Professor, Reader and ARC Future Fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne. His research focuses on Evolution and Development (Evo-Devo) and...View Profile
Kerrie Wilson is Executive Director of the Institute for Future Environments and a Professor at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Before joining QUT in January 2019, Kerrie was Director of...View Profile
Duan Biggs works at the interface of science and conservation policy and practice. He focusses on developing partnerships amongst researchers, NGOs, governments, and the private sector to conduct science that...View Profile
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