OxLEL in British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting

December 22, 2015

Main image for OxLEL in British Society of Soil Science Annual Meeting Hsiao-Hang Tao, of the Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab, presented her DPhil project on sustainable soil management of oil palm ecosystem, at the Annual meeting of British Society of Soil Science (BSSS) in London on November 26. Hsiao won the Best Student Presentation Award. The meeting is to mark the end of the 2015 International Year ... Continue reading...

New paper about extinctions in Amazonian bird communities

November 6, 2015

Main image for New paper about extinctions in Amazonian bird communities Tom Bregman (Biodiversity Group alumnus now based at the Global Canopy Programme) published a paper in Ecology titled ‘Species interactions regulate the collapse of biodiversity and ecosystem function in tropical forest fragments‘. His analysis of Amazonian bird communities revealed that extinctions were not only driven by fragment size and isolation, but also ... Continue reading...

Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: how representative of reality?

August 14, 2015

Main image for Remote assessment of locally important ecological features across landscapes: how representative of reality? 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 ... Continue reading...

Hidden impacts of logging (Nature News and Views)

July 14, 2015

Main image for Hidden impacts of logging (Nature News and Views) 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.

Kathy Willis interview on BBC’s The Life Scientific

November 20, 2015

Main image for Kathy Willis interview on BBC’s The Life Scientific The wide-ranging interview with Presenter Jim Al-Khalili  on BBC Radio 4 The Life Scientific covers Kathy’s academic career in biodiversity focussing on plants and their environments from the New Forest to the Galapagos Islands and all points between: “I’m determined to prove botany is not the ‘Cinderella of science”. She discusses the necessity of ... Continue reading...

Collaborations

October 6, 2015

Main image for Collaborations In late September the Community Ecology Research group hosted Prof Vojtech Novotny (Czech Academy of Sciences and Binatang Research Centre (BRC), Papua New Guinea), and Salape Tulai and Joachim Yalang from BRC. Salape and Joachim were in the UK as part of a Darwin Initiative funded training programme. Several CERO group members now have collaborative links with ... Continue reading...

Professor Kathy Willis is the winner of the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize

July 21, 2015

Main image for Professor Kathy Willis is the winner of the 2015 Michael Faraday Prize 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.

Eleanor Bath wins Oxford round of Three Minute Thesis competition

June 30, 2015

Main image for Eleanor Bath wins Oxford round of Three Minute Thesis competition 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 ... Continue reading...

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