Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: how representative of reality?August 14, 2015
A recently published paper in Ecological Applications describes the local ecological footprinting tool (LEFT), which uses globally available databases, modelling, and algorithms to remotely assess locally important ecological features across landscapes based on five criteria: biodiversity (beta-diversity), vulnerability (threatened species), fragmentation, connectivity, and resilience. This approach can be applied to terrestrial landscapes at a ...
Joe Tobias, Research Associate with the Biodiversity Institute, reviews recent research revealing the impacts of selective timber harvesting on the abundance of tropical birds, showing how effects vary with logging practices and species traits, and offering a framework for managing impacts on biodiversity.
The review was published in Nature's News & Views on July 9.
Congratulations to Milton Barbosa, PhD student at the Community Ecology Research Group, for winning an OXTALENT prize for the best conference poster, titled ‘The role of an abundant species in food web structure’. You can see the poster in more detail and find out more on the OXTALENT page
Yesterday Dr Nathalie Seddon, Director of the Biodiversity Institute, gave a talk at the Oxford Martin School about biodiversity and climate change. In her talk Dr Seddon discussed how biodiversity is under increasing threat from both a rapidly warming climate and the degradation and loss of natural habitats. All signs are that we are ...
Congratulations to Kathy Willis, former director of the Biodiversity Institute, on being awarded the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize from the Royal Society for her excellent work in science communication.
Former winners include Brian Cox, Jim Al-Khalili and David Attenborough.
The Biodiversity Institute's Eleanor Bath has won the Oxford round of the Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition with her presentation about fruit fly copulation and aggression.
A video of Eleanor’s talk will now be submitted for the semi-finals of the national competition, which will take place from 13 July. The final will take place at ...
A study of smallholder farmers in Maharashtra state, India, has found that under rain-fed conditions, farmers growing Asiatic cotton can obtain similar revenue and profit to farmers growing genetically modified American cotton (Bt American cotton).
The research, published today in Nature Plants, found that farmers growing Bt American cotton (Gossypium hirsutum) obtained slightly higher ...
Many thanks to all those who took part in this year's biosymposium! With over 300 people in attendance and an electrifying set of talks, the meeting was a huge success.
You can download (as PDFs) some of the presentations from the symposium here.