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Citizen science and global biodiversity
Citizen science and global biodiversity

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Week 2: Global biodiversity


There is a rich diversity of life around us. Wherever you are in the world, be it in a tropical rainforest or deceptively quiet tundra, there will be various types of species, whether they are towering trees or microscopic fungi. However, appreciating this diversity would require not only keen observation skills but also the ability to identify them.

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By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • recognise a working definition of the term ‘species’
  • recognise and understand terminology that is relevant to biodiversity
  • understand the role of biodiversity drivers and how they influence biodiversity
  • give examples of threats to biodiversity and limitations of the state of knowledge of biodiversity.