Mertz Library Humanities

The Hidden Universe with Alexandre Antonelli

Tuesday, December 13, 2022

10 – 11 a.m. | At the Garden

A book cover with many circles full of different botanical imagery, connected by dotted lines. The title, The Hidden Universe, is written in big black letters at the top.

Biodiversity encompasses the rich variety of all life on Earth-the building blocks that provide invaluable sources of food, medicine, clothing, building materials, and more.

In his new book, The Hidden Universe: Adventures in Biodiversity, Alexandre Antonelli, Director of Science of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, reveals the wonders of biodiversity at a genetic, species, and ecosystem level—what biodiversity is, how it works, and why it is the most important tool in our battle against climate change.

Join Antonelli as he explores biodiversity, why a deeper understanding of it has never been more important, and what can and should be done now to protect our planet from large-scale political actions to practical steps that each individual can take in their own lives.


About the Speaker

Alexandre Antonelli is Director of Science of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. A botanist by training, he is an award-winning professor of Biodiversity at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, a visiting professor at the University of Oxford, founder of the Gothenburg Global Biodiversity Centre, and one of the world’s most-cited scientists.

A close-up portrait of author Alexandre Antonelli, softly smiling at the camera.