NRES to host Paddy Woodworth on Nov. 3

NRES to host Paddy Woodworth on Nov. 3

Oct 20
Manuel Colón, NRES Student Recruitment Coordinator

Acclaimed author, journalist, lecturer, and tour guide Paddy Woodworth is coming to the College of ACES to present a seminar on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 3 p.m. in the Monsanto Room of the ACES Library! Woodworth has reported for Vanity Fair and BBC, written two acclaimed books, and is a research associate at Missouri Botanical Garden as well as an adjunct senior lecturer at UCD.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences has brought in Woodworth to address “Ecological restoration: Key conservation strategy or nostalgic anachronism in our climate change century?”

“Our planet’s future may depend on the maturation of the young discipline of ecological restoration,” says a 2009 Science editorial. But that maturation is proving problematic, Woodworth says. Many advocates argue that the science and practice of restoration is achieving better results than ever, over a wide range of ecological and social systems across the globe. But some leading figures in the field claim that the triple challenges of climate change, invasive alien species and land degradation make the classic target of restoration towards an historical reference ecosystem is often no longer feasible in many situations, and soon perhaps in most.

Woodworth, who reports on restoration projects from five continents in his book, “Our Once and Future Planet,” accepts that these challenges are often daunting. However, he argues that the main barrier to successful restoration is not such challenges in themselves, but is the continuing unwillingness of most societies to invest sufficient resources in this increasingly necessary environmental strategy.

Visit for more information. And don’t miss his seminar coming up on Nov. 3! Everyone is invited to attend.

Science described Woodworth's recent study of ecological restoration projects worldwide, "Our Once and Future Planet: Restoring the World in the Climate Change Century" as “highly readable…valuable access to the central topics, key developments, and contentious issues bound up in the young and evolving field of ecological restoration.”

Paddy Woodworth is a Research Associate at Missouri Botanical Garden, Adjunct Senior Lecturer at UCD, and founder member of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital.