All human activities can potentially have an impact on the biodiversity of the local environment in which they occur. That impact can be positive or negative, depending upon how the activity is managed, how impact is mitigated, and the metrics that we use to measure the effects that are occurring. This is particularly true of large infrastructure developments such as big buildings, housing developments, roads, and, a category close to home for me at the moment, new university campuses.
I’ve written before about the University of Northampton’s plans to build the new Waterside Campus on brownfield land close to the River Nene,...Read the full article.
Black bird watchers are rare birds themselves, and there are special rules that the black birder must observe to remain safe when out in the field chasing rare birds.
“Any bird that’s black is my bird.”
Are you a bird watcher, especially one who chases rare birds? If so, you most likely are white, fifty-five or older, and male. Female birders and young birders are unusual (in my experience), but the rarest birds of all, are non-white birders.Continue reading...
A few days ago we put some of my thesis work on the impacts of tropical forest logging on the preprint server PeerJ. The work is currently in review elsewhere but I thought I should put up a blog post about our findings, even if they change a bit after the review. I am really pro the idea of making results available as soon as possible so that they can be read and cited. I have lost count of the number of times a piece of work I have seen presented at a conference and wanted to cite has taken 1-2 years to come out as a paper. In short I think preprints are the future, so feel free to read, comment on and critique ours over at Peerj (and you can even cite it if you like).
A fifth of tropical forests have been logged in the recent past. Though logging is an important source of timber and jobs it also faces questions about its long-term...Read the full article.
On September 21 to 25 the European Ecological Federation (EEF) hosts its 13th congress in Rome, Italy. At the conference ecology is called upon to boost knowledge exchanges at the interface of fields (http://www.ecologyatinterface.eu/index.php). Starting from this point of view, and themed “Ecology at the interface”, the congress will represent a stimulating opportunity of interdisciplinary confrontation between ecologists and scientists from other fields.INNGE will take active part to the congress by hosting a symposium to identify “paths and obstacles for critical innovation in ecology” called “Staying in the same place or lagging behind?” Outstanding international keynote speakers have already confirmed their participation, foreshadowing an exciting opportunity for discussion and advancement on the topic. Confirmed speakers currently include David Inouye, Martin Wikelski,...Read the full article.
Last week, as I was working on my ESA abstract, I realized that I was including things that I wouldn’t normally, just to make sure I showed I have data in hand. The ESA Abstract Guidelines include this requirement:
The abstract must report specific results. The results may be preliminary but they may not be vague. Abstracts without explicitly stated results will be rejected. It is understandable that abstracts describing non-traditional work may lack quantitative data; however, it is still expected that the abstract will address some question and have a “take-home message” describing specific findings.
The abstract I submitted this year combines what will end up being two different publications. We’re working on one of those publications now, and just have a few loose ends to tie up before it will be ready for submission. That project redescribes a parasite that attacks developing embryos of ...Read the full article.
Posted by Vian Sharif
After the well-deserved success of powerful documentary Virunga making it to the Oscars, we’ve been taking a look at how Virunga National Park protects its lesser known residents – a population of some 200 forest and savannah elephants, highlighted in a previous ICCS post by Sean Denny.
The mountain gorillas are Virunga National Park’s most well-known success story, but roaming elephant families are harder to protect from the poachers’ onslaught. During the 20 years’ civil war, their numbers have decreased by more than 90%. Virunga is implementing an innovative new solution – elephant collaring. Radio tracking with specially designed elephant collars will significantly increase the effectiveness of dedicated ranger patrols, keeping them close enough...Read the full article.
How much is a lot of money? How long is a piece of string!
To me, anything measured in thousands is certainly a lot. And that is reflected of course in the level of my ambitions and plans.
A couple of weeks ago at the Inspired50 launch event – a room full of pretty bright people – I spoke to a lady who worked in fundraising. Big fundraising.
As any good conservationist would, I lept into my pitch, explained a couple of projects, and extolled their value for money. To set the parameters here, I was talking a few thousands pounds (a lot) about a project I’m planning in Northern Madagascar, and the few hundred pounds with which we set up...Read the full article.