By Catherine Potvin (Principal Investigator, Neotropical Ecology Lab, Biology, McGill).
Dr. Catherine Potvin’s lecture will be a journey to Panama where she examines the importance of tropical forests for the global carbon cycle. The presentation will start by setting the context of the international climate regime, followed by an examination of the challenges that scientists face when estimating tropical forest carbon stocks. This will bring her to talk about the people who live in, and from, the tropical forests of Panama.
In closing, Dr. Potvin will present initiatives that some Latin American countries have adopted in the forest sector in the context of climate change mitigation and will bring on the table Canada’s contribution to the international efforts to combat climate change.
Dr. Potvin has maintained scientific activities in three distinct fields of research: global change biology; biostatistical research, and collaborative field work with Indigenous peoples in Panama - especially the Embera. Her current work focuses on the assessment of tropical forest carbon stocks and on ways to avoid deforestation. In 2012 the Royal Society of Canada awarded the Miroslaw Romanowski Medal to Dr. Potvin for her work in improving the quality of an ecosystem in all aspects - terrestrial, atmospheric and aqueous - brought about by scientific means.