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Margaret Atwood speaks of species extinction

Margaret Atwood speaks of species extinction

Scientists and philosophers from all over the world will take on the weighty topic of extinction at a three-day conference at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Canada.

But for ecologist and Laurentian University professor Charles Ramcharan, the speaker he’s most looking forward to isn’t a scientist, but well-known author Margaret Atwood.

“She’s a heroine of ours … Her stuff is sci-fi [and] often it’s about projections into the future,” he said. “It’s fascinating to see how she interprets ecological change. It’s cool.”

Ramcharan added the conference, called Thinking Extinction, is especially important in light of the recent changes to Ontario’s endangered species act.

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The symposium is being hosted by Dr. Brett Buchanan, Dr. Gillian Crozier, Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde, and Dr. Jacqueline Litzgus, members of LU’s new research centre, the Centre for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation.

This might be the first conference of its kind to bring together scientists and philosophers to talk about extinction, organizers said.

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