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CBER News and Events
Invertebrate numbers nearly halve as human population doubles
Publication date: 25 July 2014
Asian common toads in Madagascar
Publication date: 24 July 2014
The Asian common toad has recently been found in Madagascar, this has raised fears that it will create ecological destruction similar to its relative; the cane toad which was introduced into Australia.
UCL – French Embassy ‘State of Nature’ Conférence-Débat Series 2014 - Technology for Nature?
Publication date: 4 June 2014
Date & Time: 10th June 2014 6 – 7:30pm
Venue: Darwin Lecture Theatre, University College London,followed by a wine reception in Darwin Building, B05 & B15.
Conservation should protect genetically isolated species, not just the most rare
Publication date: 25 April 2014
Dr David Redding has co-authored an article in The Conservation, discussing which species of birds need protection and how this should be decided. The article discusses the use of evolutionary distinction to discuss preserving genetic diversity.
Goodbye Maldives, Hello Chagos! - David Curnick's research in Chagos
Publication date: 21 March 2014
PhD Student, David Curnick has reached Chagos, where he is monitoring sharks, manta rays and dolphins, as well as servicing arrays within the Marine Protected Area surrounding Chagos. An update of his recent research can be found on his blog.
Use it or lose it: measuring trends in wild species subject to substantial use
Publication date: 18 March 2014
A new paper co-authored by Dr Ben Collen, looks at the sustainable use of wild animals and plants to ensure that their future is protected for future generations.
Ben Collen talks to Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution
Publication date: 13 March 2014
Dr Ben Collen was interviewed earlier this month to discuss the Global Biodiversity Atlas, a resource that provides information on freshwater across the globe.
The full interview is listed below:
Prof. Kate Jones talks to BBC Inside Science
Publication date: 10 March 2014
The tools and gadgets available to remotely track animals and monitor populations and their habitats are getting better and more mechanised. Cameras mounted on birds can record where they fly; audio recordings capture bat calls; satellite images monitoring habitat change. However all this digital data needs to be analysed. Professor Kate Jones, an expert on biodiversity at University College London, thinks that this is where more technological advances are needed. She wants image recognition programmes to scan through millions of remote camera images, or sound recognition of hundreds of thousands of bat calls to be developed.
Study into prediction of extinction risk due to climate change - Dr Pearson
Publication date: 26 February 2014
Published today in Nature Climate Change, the results of a study led by Richard Pearson (UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research) and by Resit Akçakaya (Stony Brook University, New York), shows that climate change may not be fundamentally different from other extinction threats in terms of identifying species in danger of extinction. The study identified factors that predispose species to high extinction risk due to climate change in order to help conservation efforts to classify species that are most in danger.
The collapse of the Sahara's megafauna
Publication date: 4 December 2013
CBER lecturer, Dr Ben Collen, has just had a paper published which he co-authored. The paper features the decline of megafauna found in the Sahara Desert. The article entitled 'Fiddling in biodiversity hotspots while eserts burn? Collapse of the Sahara's megafauna' can be found in the latest issue of Diversity and Distributions.
BBC Radio 4 - The Next Global Killer
Publication date: 26 November 2013
Professor Kate Jones, speaks to BBC Radio 4 about her research on zoonotic diseases, funded by ESPA.
Prof. Mace writes for Nature Comments
Publication date: 25 November 2013
Professor Georgina Mace, Director of CBER, writes for Nature's Comment section on how to tackle global change. The article entitled 'Global Change: Ecology must evolve' can be found via the link below:
Dr Pearson's Greening of the Arctic
Publication date: 19 November 2013
Dr Richard Pearson has been researching the effects of climate change on the Arctic, and how rising temperatures is leading to the increase of plant life.
Predicting extinction in a changing environment
Publication date: 12 November 2013
Predicting how species might respond to a changing environment is central to the CBER research goals. Using microcosm communities, we examined how rising temperature impacts time to extinction, finding that extinction occurs earlier in environments that warm faster; this can be accurately predicted.
Prof. Jones' work appears in this week's The Observer
Publication date: 12 November 2013
Professor Kate Jones, has helped compile a dataset and mapped disease outbreaks for Sunday's Observer article: A deadly disease could travel at jet speed around the world. How do we stop it in time?
Prof. Jones' Lunchtime Lecture
Publication date: 5 November 2013
Professor Kate Jones was recently invited to present at UCL's Lunchtime Lectures. The lunchtime lecture series is an open weekly lecture series which presents speakers from across UCL to present their research.
Professor Mace's INTECOL Lecture
Publication date: 29 October 2013
Professor Mace, gave this year's plenary lecture at INTECOL 2013, 18-23rd August 2013, her talk entitled: 'Looking Forward not Backwards - biodiversity in the 21st Century' is now available on youtube.
Publication date: 10 October 2013
Dr. Day's student publishes in Conservation Genetics
Publication date: 9 October 2013
Dr Julia Day's PhD student, Siobhan Cox, has co-authored a recently published article in Conservation Genetics.
Prof. Jones writes for the New Scientist
Publication date: 4 October 2013
Professor Kate Jones, has written an article for the New Scientist, entitled Books and apps make animal-spotting easier than ever.
Prof. Jones' Podcast on Guardian Science
Publication date: 3 October 2013
Professor Kate Jones, was interviewed by Alok Jar for the Guardian Science's podcast.
Wildlife Comeback in Europe
Publication date: 30 September 2013
Dr Ben Collen, has helped compile a report on the comeback of mammal and bird species across Europe. The report looks at selected species throughout Europe and details reasons for the increase in these animals over the last 50 years.
Bringing Ecosystem Services into Economic Decision-Making: Land Use in the United Kingdom
Publication date: 5 July 2013
Land-use decisions are based largely on agricultural market values. However, such decisions can lead to losses of ecosystem services, such as the provision of wildlife habitat or recreational space, the magnitude of which may overwhelm any market agricultural benefits
Dr Pearson's Nature Climate Change Publication
Publication date: 5 July 2013
Dr Richard Pearson, Lecturer at CBER,UCL has recently been published as cover article in Nature Climate Change. His article entitled 'Shifts in Arctic vegetation and associated feedbacks under climate change' looks at future models of vegetation in the Arctic.
Professor Mace awarded Frink Medal
Publication date: 3 July 2013
Professor Georgina Mace, FRS, Director of CBER, has been awarded the Frink Medal by the Institute of Zoology.