On Boyo

R. Keller Kopf, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales Australia

R. Keller Kopf, Institute for Land, Water & Society, Charles Sturt University, New South Wales, Australia

“From 18-23 August 2013, the 11th INTECOL Congress, Ecology: Into the next 100 years will be held in London as part of the centenary celebrations of the British Ecological Society.The theme of the Congress is advancing ecology and making it count, and will present world class ecological science that will truly move the science forward,” or so says the posting for an important conference on ecology. It is a big deal to present a scientific paper at such a conference.

Our buttons are busting because Boyo (aka R. Keller Kopf, PhD) will be presenting a paper at the conference on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 10:30 AM.  Boyo is the lead author on the paper. But, he had a lot help from other Australian scientists. C. Max Finlayson, Sally Hladyz, Paul Humphries and Neil Sims are his coauthors.

This is what the program says about the paper and his presentation:

Global Biodiversity State Indicators and Baselines: a Freshwater Perspective
Governments world-wide have accepted targets to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss but there is debate concerning what indicators and baselines should be used to assess global-scale changes in the state of biodiversity. Previous assessments have been dominated by terrestrial vertebrate and marine habitat indicators yet, based on species per unit of habitat-area, endemism and the threat of loss, we contend that the freshwater biome should receive equitable, if not heightened, consideration. We question whether the current array of biodiversity state indicators and contemporary baselines (eg. 1970) provides an accurate or representative appraisal of the state of global freshwater ecosystems. We suggest that global assessments and Ramsar wetlands of international importance need to consider both historic (pre-industrial) baselines and contemporary novel ecosystem baselines in evaluating biodiversity change. To facilitate rigorous assessment of freshwater biodiversity against 2020 Aichi global targets, we conclude by posing five challenges to researchers and policy makers.

Some things are more important than others.


14 responses

  1. OMG, he sounds just like his Dad!! Yes, you should be very proud. He’s smart, successful, a champion of vitally important causes, and drop-dead handsome. What a kid!

  2. Congrats to Boyo and you. Tell him good luck with the funding. (And I mean that sincerely rather than sarcastically.)

  3. Nothin’ I love more than a a person who excels in spite of his parentage. (P.S. Two more posts like today’s and you’ll have to change this from a “blog” to a “brag.” Sheesh.)

  4. You have some accrued vacation that you’re bound to take in a week or so, yes?

    It’s a 16-hour ride to Heathrow (via–gag–O’Hare).

    Eric Hines

  5. Eric,

    The last think he needs is some goofy old guy standing up among a bunch of academic scientists and screaming “that’s my kid!” But, thanks for the thought. It brought a big smile to my face.

    All the best.


  6. Go for it. I recall my older brother, as a high schooler, playing french horn in the Iowa State Orchestra; I was about six at the time, and in the audience with our parents. I finally spotted him in the orchestra.

    After carefully waiting for a pause in the classical piece they were playing, I called out, “Hi, Billy.”

    He was mortified, but he got the message, too.

    Just don’t expect much of a pause in Boyo’s speech.

    Eric Hines

  7. Keller has come a long way from a 6-year-old who put peanuts in the water glasses when Mike and I were at your house circa 1987 for dinner. We really enjoyed that evening. Kudos to Keller!

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