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Weissman Global Seminar: Death and Taxes: The Depletion of a Natural Resource Caused by Europeans in the American Continent
Start Date: 9/14/2017Start Time: 12:30 PM
End Date: 9/14/2017End Time: 2:30 PM
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Weissman Global Seminar
 Death and Taxes: The Depletion of a Natural Resource Caused by Europeans in the American Continent
 

Please join us for the next Weissman Global Seminar featuring

Dean Aldemaro Romero Jr., Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

Interdisciplinary approaches have been used not only to interpret past patterns of natural resource utilization but also to provide useful tools for conservation biology and resource management.  I report the depletion of the pearl oyster (Pinctada imbricata) beds off the coasts of the island of Cubagua, Venezuela, in the sixteenth century and the replacement of the oyster by the turkey-wind mussel (Arca zebra).  I used historical tax data to conclude that the rapid depletion of this resource was the result not only of overexploitation in a short period of time but also the ecology of the place used by humans to carry out such activity. Under conditions of ecological stress generated by overexploitation, the turkey-wing mussel outcompeted the pearl oyster, thus preventing its recovery.   Finally, I propose that the exploitation of the pearl oyster beds directly influenced the demographic, social, and cultural conditions of the indigenous human population in the Caribbean and, to a certain extent, Africa.

Aldemaro Romero Jr. is the Weissman Dean of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College in New York.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Barcelona, Spain and his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Miami, Florida. He has published more than 1,000 pieces including more than 20 books and monographs.  His academic interests range from environmental to evolutionary biology, to history and philosophy of science, to science communication and higher education. He has been awarded numerous grants as well as prizes for his research and science communication work.

When: Thursday Sept. 14, 12:30 - 2 pm

Where: Newman Vertical Campus, Room-8-210

Light refreshments served

Contact Information:
Name: Omairys Rodriguez
Email: omairys.rodriguez@baruch.cuny.edu
Weissman Global Seminar
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  • Weissman School of Arts and Sciences

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