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February 2015

The pine marten and polecat in Britain / Lizzie Croose

February 9 19:00 - 21:00
Oxford Natural History Museum,
Oxford, United Kingdom

Part of the Oxfordshire Mammal Society Winter Lecture Series: Vincent Wildlife Trust’s Lizzie Croose talks about the ecology of the pine marten and the polecat, two of the rarest and most elusive mustelids in Britain. Lizzie will discuss current research by VWT on both species, including an exciting project to reinforce pine marten populations in England and Wales. All welcome (booking advised: OxMG members free; non-members £3.00 on door.

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Is it all plain sailing with MPAs?

February 11 19:30
Okinaga Room,
Wadham College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Assessing the success and failures of Marine Protected Areas   An Oxford Conservation Society event: Speakers: Erich Hoyt & Jean-Luc Solandt Erich Hoyt: Award winning author and Expert on Marine Mammals Erich is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Head of the Global Campaign for Marine Protected Areas with Whale & Dolphin Conservation (WDC) in the UK Jean- Luc Solandt: Biodiversity Policy Officer, Marine Conservation Society Jean-Luc aims to get MPAs the provisions necessary within the UK to protect them,…

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Protecting elephants, biodiversity, livelihoods & people through community empowerment in Mali

February 13 16:15 - 17:15
Beckit Room,
School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford, Select a Country:

Susan Canney, Research Associate, Dept of Zoology, University of Oxford OCTF seminar followed by drinks The Mali Elephant Project has worked with the communities of the Gourma region of Mali (over an area larger than Switzerland) to protect this iconic elephant population throughout the recent conflict despite total lawlessness and the occupation of the area by armed groups. This protection has continued into the post-conflict era providing a foundation for an effective collaboration between local community structures and government agencies.…

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Ecological consequences of tropical forest fragmentation – OCTF seminar

February 26 16:15 - 18:30
Gilbert Room, School of Geography and the Environment,
South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY Select a Country:

Professor Jane Hill, Department of Biology, University of York Large areas of previously extensive tropical rainforest now exist as remnants scattered across inhospitable agricultural landscapes. Fragmentation usually reduces species richness of forest communities but richness is not always a good predictor of ecosystem functioning. In addition, fragmentation may be affecting forest regeneration success resulting in more profound consequences for biodiversity than fragmentation per se. Retaining forest fragments within agricultural landscapes is a mainstay of sustainability standards (e.g. RSPO), but the…

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March 2015

Converting the Global Palm Oil Market to Sustainability: potential and limits of private sector driven sustainability standards – OCTF seminar

March 6 16:15 - 17:30
Seminar Room 1, Oxford Martin School,
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD Select a Country:

Dr Reinier de Man, Consultant, Leiden, The Netherlands The development of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and its associated sustainability standard will be placed in a wider context: the emergence of many private sector driven ecological and social standards after ‘Rio’(1992), in cooperation with a variety of NGOs. After discussing RSPO’s Principles and Criteria as well as its governance structure, two questions will be asked. First, what is the potential of RSPO and similar multi-stakeholder supported standards to…

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Is ‘Green’ always good? Biodiversity conservation within a ‘Green Economy’ and a ‘Green Revolution’

March 6 17:15 - 18:45
Simpkins Lee Theatre, LMH,
Norham Gardens, Oxford, Select a Country:

The next annual Heron-Allen Lecture will take place on Friday 6 March 2015. Our guest speaker will be Professor Kathy Willis, Professor of Biodiversity and Associate Director of the Biodiversity Institute, Department of Zoology, Oxford. Professor Willis will be giving a talk entitled: Is ‘Green’ always good? Biodiversity conservation within a ‘Green Economy’ and a ‘Green Revolution’. The lecture will start promptly at 5.15pm in the Simpkins Lee Theatre at LMH and will be followed by questions and a drinks…

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Does palaeozoology have a role in biodiversity conservation? A case study from Sarawak, Borneo

March 12 17:00 - 18:00
First Floor Lecture Room, Institute of Archaeology,
36 Beaumont Street, Oxford, Select a Country:

Dr. Chris Stimpson, University of Oxford. Part of the Palaeolithic and Quaternary Seminars / Institute of Archaeology All welcome.

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Biodiversity and climate change: what happens when we turn up the heat on nature?

March 12 17:00 - 18:30
Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School,
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD Select a Country:

by Dr Nathalie Seddon Part of the Oxford Martin School’s seminar series: Creating a climate for change: what’s at stake in global climate negotiations The future of biodiversity conservation is under increasing threat from both climate change and human impact. Dr Nathalie Seddon, Director of the Biodiversity Institute, will look at how rapid growth of climate change affects our ecosystems, how species’ will be forced to adapt to survive, and how we can reduce the effects of climate change on…

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“Nature in the balance: the economics of biodiversity” by Prof Cameron Hepburn at the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival

March 23 12:00 - 13:00
Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School,
34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD Select a Country:

This book talk is part of the FT Weekend Oxford Literary Festival 2015, the Oxford Martin School is the Festival Ideas Partner Speaker: Professor Cameron Hepburn, Director, Economics of Sustainability, The Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School Economics researcher and government adviser Professor Cameron Hepburn looks at the economics and science of protecting the planet’s biodiversity providing an overview of the issues and outlining some of the approaches that could be used to address this urgent problem. Hepburn…

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May 2015

Assessing the importance of termites in global ecosystem processes and services – OCTF seminar

May 1 16:15 - 18:00
School of Geography and the Environment,
South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QY United Kingdom
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Dr Paul Eggleton, Merit Researcher, Entomology, Natural History Museum Termites are by far the most ecologically important decomposer animals in hot climates – forests, savannahs, grassland and deserts. They break down almost all types of dead plant material (e.g. soil, leaf litter, dung, wood). Wood decay in tropical rain forest is about 50% directly mediated by termites and drier environments generally have proportionally greater termite decay rates. Termites’ burrowing and tunnelling activities also strongly affect soils, as well as effects…

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