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Climate Change, Conservation, and the Birds of the Himalayan Region was the subject of a joint lecture by Dr. Dhananjai Mohan of the Indian Forest Service and Professor Trevor Price from the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Their work combines field research in India with lab work, notably studies of the genetic relationships (among bird species). Their major research questions are: Why are there twice as many species breeding in the eastern Himalayas as in the western Himalayas? And what are the effects of climate change on the breeding of birds in the western Himalayas. Following a general introduction, Dr. Mohan and Dr. Price gave summaries on each of these topics which highlight the importance of the Indian Himalayas as a global biodiversity hotspot. They then led a general discussion on the threats to Himalayan biodiversity and what can be done about them.
Also see this article in The Guardian about these speakers' work.