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Vertebrates threatened by biological invasions

Dr. Celine Bellard has published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, on how invasive alien species (IAS) are responsible for many species extinctions worldwide. However to which degree they shape the spatial distribution of threatened species is largely unknown.

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Map shows hotspots for bat-human virus transmission risk

West Africa, sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia are most at risk from bat viruses ‘spilling over’ into humans resulting in new emerging diseases, according to a new global map compiled by scientists at UCL, the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) and the University of Edinburgh. 

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Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa

Alien species are one of the main causes of global environmental change, species extinction and biodiversity loss. However, the magnitudes of alien species impacts vary, and some alien species appear not to cause environmental problems at all. 

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Monitoring Large Mammals in Brazil

CBER's PhD student and Biotrópicos` scientist, Guilherme Ferreira has been involved in capturing large mammals in Brazil as part of his research. The short video `Peruaçu`which can be seen here shows some of the beautiful landscapes at Peruaçu National Park in Brazil and highlights a project conducted since 2007.

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Bat Detective World Tour

Bat Detective, the online citizen science project founded by Professor Kate Jones at CBER in collaboration with Zooniverse, Bat Conservation Trust and Zoological Society of London, has announced a ‘World Tour’. 

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Ben Collen wins Marsh Award

Dr Ben Collen, was awarded the Zoological Society of London's Marsh Award for Conservation Biology. The Award is given to those who make a contribution to science and the application of animal species and habitat. 

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BBC Wildlife Power List

Popular wildlife magazine BBC Wildlife produced a power list for their May issue, listing the top 50 people who have contributed to the protection of the environment and conservation of species. 

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Paper published by PhD Student Tim Lucas

Estimating the absolute density of a species in an area is difficult. Did your survey count few individuals because the species is rare, or because it is easily missed? We have developed a method for estimating absolute density using data collected with camera traps and acoustic detectors. We tested the validity of the new method using spatial simulations. As sensors such as camera traps and acoustic detectors become more ubiquitous, the method will be increasingly useful for monitoring unmarked animal populations across broad spatial, temporal and taxonomic scales.

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