April 2015 saw the 4th, and largest release of captive bred Regent Honeyeaters (Anthochaera Phrygia) into Chiltern Mt-Pilot National Park, VIC, Australia, and the start of the first field season of my PhD. The captive breeding and release of these birds is a huge collaborative project between BirdLife Australia, Taronga Zoo and The Victorian Government Department of Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).
Publication date: 14 June 2016
A model that predicts outbreaks of zoonotic diseases – those originating in livestock or wildlife such as Ebola and Zika – based on changes in climate, population growth and land use has been developed by a UCL-led team of researchers.
Publication date: 13 June 2016
The identification of species at risk of extinction is a central goal of conservation, a process that has been spearheaded by the IUCN Red List. Quantitative assessments of more than 80,000 species now exist, forming the basis of a broad set of biodiversity conservation goals and actions, including global and regional target setting, conservation planning, and informing legislative frameworks to protect species.
Publication date: 7 June 2016
A study recently published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B by Sean Jordan, a PhD student in CBER, and others show that non-neutral processes are required if we are to replicate the increase in species richness demonstrated by the Phanerozoic fossil record.
Publication date: 23 May 2016
Prof. Kate Jones took the BBC Radio 4 team from Inside Science out looking for bats on Hampstead Health last week. Kate was using special audio detectors to hear ultrasonic echolocation calls as the bats were busy foraging over head.
Publication date: 20 May 2016
Publication date: 11 May 2016
In a study recently published in Conservation Biology, Judith Ament, a PhD student at the Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research, investigated how South African national parks influence land-cover loss outside their boundaries.
Publication date: 29 April 2016
The biggest library of bat sounds has been compiled to identify bats from their calls in Mexico – a country which harbours many of the Earth's species and has one of the highest rates of species extinction and habitat loss.
Publication date: 14 April 2016
From the 6th to the 10th of March 2016 a group of more than 70 researchers working on policy, environmental management and conservation met in beautiful Monte Verita, Switzerland to examine data needs and gaps for the upcoming IPBES global and regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services. Sarah Whitmee from CBER attended the meeting, which hosted researchers working across different types of biological systems and brought together data providers alongside some of those charged with conducting the assessments.
Publication date: 5 April 2016
Last week a group of scientists including Kate Jones and Ben Collen from CBER, gathered at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford to take part in a Defra commissioned a review of the species-based biodiversity indicators for the UK.
Publication date: 16 March 2016
In March 2016, a team of invasion biologists and environmental scientists met for a workshop at the Institute of Botany in Průhonice in the Czech Republic, to discuss the implementation of a new methodology to quantify and categorise the impacts of alien species, known as the Environmental Impact Classification for Alien Taxa (EICAT). The workshop was planned and facilitated by Tim Blackburn, Professor of Invasion Biology at CBER. Attendees represented 8 countries from a range of research institutions, and included the Chair of the IUCN SSC Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG), Dr Piero Genovesi.
Publication date: 10 March 2016
A new paper entitled "Uncertainty in identifying local extinctions: the distribution of missing data and its effects on biodiversity measures." has been published today by Dr Lizzie Boakes, and Prof. Georgina Mace , both based at the UCL Centre for Biodiversity and Environment Research.
Publication date: 9 March 2016
A blog post written by Dr Lizzie Boakes, looks at why it is important to make sure a species is extinct. The blog written for Methods in Ecology and Evolution, which can be found here: Blog post - discusses the importance of sighting endangered animals and how models can predict extinction.
Publication date: 9 March 2016
Bat Detective, the online citizen science project founded by CBER’s Prof. Kate Jones in collaboration with Zooniverse, have announced a partnership with British Science Week 2016. With the help of online participants, the project is aiming to hit a target of 100,000 new classifications during British Science Week, which runs from Friday 11th March until Sunday 20th March.
Publication date: 8 March 2016
What are the best arguments in favour of nature conservation? Is it sufficient to talk only of the intrinsic value of nature, or should we focus on the services that nature provides for us?
Publication date: 4 March 2016